Erdogan: Nobody can legalize violence against women in name of "matter of honor"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that nobody could legalize violence against women in the name of "a matter of honor", Anadolu News Agency reported.
"Violence against women is unjustness, cruelty and shamefulness," Erdogan said while addressing Women Convention organized in Buyuk Anadolu Hotel in Ankara.
Erdogan congratulated March 8, International Women's Day of all women of Turkey and he world.
Erdogan said, "I sincerely wish March 8 International Women's Day to be a means for exploitation of women and murders to end and to be a means for peace, friendship and fraternity."
Erdogan said, "our traditions consider women at the center of the family, social and economic life. Turkish government has no tolerance to torture and violence against women and children. We know that violence against women has been a longstanding bleeding wound of the society. However, violence against women was always hidden. For the first time in ruling of AK Party government, the matter was assessed seriously, and researches were carried out."
Erdogan said Women Branches of AK Party organized a wide scale workshop in February 2010 and another one on March 3, 2011. "Urgent matters were relayed to related officials. Efforts are underway on steps that will be taken to prevent violence," he added.
Erdogan said, "an amendment was made to Turkish Penal Code on June 1, 2005 and life imprisonment sentence was given to honor killings. A circular was released in 2006 to prevent violence against women and children. Gender equality was settled on a solid ground with amendments made to the constitution. Positive discrimination was brought to women on September 12 referendum. In order to make them more reliable and secure, we have taken them under Constitutional guarantee."
"We have constructed houses to protect women who were exposed to violence in their home. AK Party defended women's right sincerely and in a determined way in the past eight years. We have exerted efforts for women to take place in politics," Erdogan said.
"We want women to engage in economic and political problems of the country more," Erdogan said, noting that all problems of the society would be solved by working altogether.