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At least 28 women were murdered in Turkey in November: report

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At least 28 women were murdered across Turkey in November, according to a monthly report by the Bianet news website.

Bianet drafts a list every month of violence perpetrated by men against women in Turkey as reported by the press.

According to the Bianet report, 12 other women died under suspicious circumstances in November while 53 women were subjected to physical violence at the hands of men.

In the first 10 months 2022, 308 women were murdered by men in Turkey, while 140 women in addition to 209 children were subjected to sexual harassment. There were a total of 728 women who were subjected to physical violence and 26 others who were victims of rape. The report also showed that 386 women were forced into prostitution by men in the same period.

Femicides and violence against women are serious problems in Turkey, where women are killed, raped or beaten every day. Many critics say the main reason behind the situation is the policies of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which protects violent and abusive men by granting them impunity.

According to the We Will Stop Femicide Platform (Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu), 280 women were murdered in Turkey in 2021.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sparked outrage in Turkey and the international community after he issued a decree in March 2021 that pulled the country out of an international treaty that requires governments to adopt legislation prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence and similar abuse as well as marital rape and female genital mutilation.

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is an international accord designed to protect women’s rights and prevent domestic violence in societies and was opened to signature of member countries of the Council of Europe in 2011.

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