The Turkish government is systematically marginalising and objectifying women, Halide Türkoğlu, spokeswoman for the Women’s Assembly of the Peoples’ Equality and Democracy (DEM) Party, said in a parliamentary speech on Sunday.
Speaking in parliament during a budget debate, Türkoğlu raised concerns about the budget allocations for the Ministry of Family and Social Affairs and the Ministry of National Education. She argued that the proposed budget was a clear indication of the government’s unfriendly attitude towards women.
In particular, Türkoğlu pointed to the failure to implement Law No.6284, a law to prevent violence against women, stressing that the lack of enforcement has contributed to an increase in cases of violence against women. She also criticised the government for not being transparent in sharing data on gender-based violence, raising questions about its commitment to addressing the issue.
According to the MP, the policies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are aimed at silencing and objectifying women. Türkoğlu vowed to hold the government accountable for every woman’s life lost, and pledged to continue the fight for women’s rights.