Sexism in Turkey in 2014

Prime Minister Erdoğan told mothers to come and take their children home from Turkey’s Gezi Park, so some mothers formed a “chain of mothers” around young demonstrators to protect them from police. Speaking to a November 2014 conference on women and justice, Erdoğan said men and women’s nature are different and women’s role is to bear children so they can’t be put in “equal positions.”[i] He praised his mother who would “glance coyly and cry sometimes.” This speech of course was met with outrage by working women.

[i] Peter Scheer, “Turkey’s President Says Women Should Stick to Making Babies,” TruthDig, November 27, 2014.

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