Erdogan pledges new plan to protect women from violence

Government has dealt 20,000 cases of abuse against women, Erdogan says, and perpetrators will be punished with new laws.

    Demonstrators mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Istanbul on Saturday [AFP]
    Demonstrators mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Istanbul on Saturday [AFP]

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday a new reform plan to protect women from physical and sexual abuse will be rolled out by Turkey's government in the coming months.

    Speaking to a large crowd at an event on Sunday marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Erdogan called violence against women a "betrayal to humanity".

    "Whoever is involved in this betrayal must be punished," the president said.

    Erdogan also highlighted the importance of women to society.

    "If there are no women, then half of the society is not there… A society without women is destined to disappear," the Anadolu news agency quoted him as saying.

    Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry has investigated 20,000 cases of violence against women, he said.

    The United Nations says one-third of all women suffer physical or sexual violence during their lifetime.

    "It is time for united action from all of us so that women and girls around the world can live free from harassment, harmful practices, and all other forms of violence," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Saturday.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.