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WOMEN IN TAKSIM CALLING FOR PEACE

5 Nov

Women raise their voices against man-oriented society, gender discrimination and militarism. 

Aclik grevindekilerle\ Kadin Dayanisma Insiyatifi gathered in Taksim to support people who are on hunger strike and asked for a solution. The press statement was made by Filiz Kerestecioglu, working as a lawyer, states that many people died because of the hunger strikes in Turkey. Kerestecioglu also mentions that hunger strikes are a way of protesting things in a democratic way. And yet, she says, instead of keeping quite, we should raise our voices against violence and discrimination.


For more information read here an article published at bianet.org

BDP DEPUTIES TO PROTEST AGAINST SEXIST HOSTILITY

16 Oct

”In the women’s solidarity protest, women called attention to the fact that the BDP’s women deputies are being insulted and exposed to physical violence. Women said “The AKP wants war, women wants peace.”

For more information read here an article published at bianet.org

RAPE DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF GALATASARAY

3 Oct

In Istanbul, Taksim, a wife of soldier began to demonstrate by claiming that she had been raped in Kağıthane police station by 3 police officers.

Reyhan Topal, graduated from law school, stated that she was running a car selling business with one retired policemen and police has opened a court case which claimed she was a fraud. She went to the police station to give her testament but after she was raped and tortured by 3 police officer in Kağıthane police station. Then she has taken to the Kağıthane Hospital but the doctor made his report without seeing her.

Topal said that the situation happened on 30th of August and she couldn’t get out of the shock for one week and when she went to the hospital after one week she could not proove she had been raped. She denunciated but since there was not a prosecutor the process has not been started yet.

Demonstration was supported by LGBTT groups. Topal staged a sit-in and police did not allow anyone else to pass.

 

For more information read here an article published at bianet.org

DEMONSTRATION AGAINST ABORTION BAN!

6 Sep

“Do not punish the woman who is exposed to rape, do punish the rapist! Let’s shorten up the procedures to protect women from painful processes of unwanted pregnancy.”

We invite all women to come to Taksim Square this Saturday, September 8th, at 1 p.m.!

Shout out your statement, give it to the public!

BANNER FOR Ö.Ç. IN TAKSIM SQUARE

6 Sep

“WE DO NOT ACCEPT A LAW THAT TOLERATES RAPES!”

There was a court in Sakarya, located in the eastern area of Istanbul, in 29th of August. It was about a gang rape committed by 34 men three months ago. The young girl is 14 years old. All the men are still suspected but after the court was postponed, all of them were set free. 

Feminists in Istanbul hung up a banner with the decisive message to show their protest against this decision : “We do not accept a law that tolerates rapes!” 

WOMEN GO TO ŞEMDİNLİ

9 Aug

Women are going to Şemdinli under the slogan “keeping silent is participating in massacre!” to show their solidarity.

Selis Kadın Derneği (Selis Women Association) on behalf of Demokratik Özgür Kadın Hareketi (DÖKH) (Democratic Free Women Movement), invites all women to visit Şemdinli on the 13th of August.

In the text of their call, they generally declared that they do not want to stay silent any more during the war which has been going on for years.

DEMONSTRATION TODAY!

28 Jun

Attention, Attention!!

We will all meet today at 8pm in front of Galata Sarayi for the next protest for our right to abortion.

We also raise our voice against the compulsory registration of pregnant women.

PETITION SENT TO GOVERNMENT

22 Jun

Last Tuesday on 19th of June, the platform of abortion protest and other women organizations met in front of the post office in order to send the petition to the government. It was signed by 680 Turkish NGO’s, 221 women organizations from 50 different countries and more than 55.000 individuals!

Women read the press statement saying that abortion is not a murder but to ban abortion is murder!

NEXT DEMONSTRATION ON THE 17th JUNE AT 4PM

14 Jun

One more big synchronous demonstration will happen in İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir.

We will meet with all women at 4pm at Pangaltı Metro Exit!

We are walking, because abortion is a right and the decision of the women.

We are coming from different parts of Turkey to unit our voices not to let them take our rights.

URGENT: SAY NO ABORTION BAN – PETITION

7 Jun

Only two days left: Please sign this petition for women’s solidarity!

Here you can sign it. 

 

TO THE POLICIES OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY THAT TARGET GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN’S BODIES, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, AND SEXUALITY, OUR RESPONSE IS A RESOUNDING “NO!”

We demand that the process to ban abortion be ceased IMMEDIATELY!

Banning abortion or further limiting the duration and conditions under which it can be performed;

  • Violates women’s human right to health and life!
  • Violates women’s human right to make decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health and rights!
  • Constitutes yet another manifestation of the conservative politics that does not view women as equal individuals!

Prime Minister Erdogan’s statements in the last week of May 2012 have revealed that plans to ban abortion have been underway for some time now. Experience from the global arena illustrates that this lethal attempt, which has no scientific backing, will not reduce abortion rates; instead it will only lead to unsafe abortions and increase maternal mortality.

ABORTION IS NOT MURDER, BUT BANNING ABORTION IS!

FREELY CHOSEN SAFE ABORTION IS A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO LIFE; IT CANNOT BE RESTRICTED, IT CANNOT BE BANNED!

According to data from the World Health Organization, tens of thousands of women across the world die every year as a result of unsafe abortions. In Turkey, establishing the legal grounds for women to end unwanted pregnancies on demand has contributed to the decrease in maternal mortality, which dropped from 250 to 28 in every 100,000 live births from the 1970s to the mid-2000s. There is no data indicating that abortion is on the rise in Turkey; on the contrary, while 18 pregnancies out of 100 ended in abortion in 1993, this ratio was down to 10 percent in 2008. In an era where 26 countries have taken steps to remove obstacles that hinder access to abortion between 1994 and 2011, efforts to ban or restrict it in Turkey are unacceptable. Restricting the right to access safe abortion services and making them available only when required by medical conditions or instances of rape works to marginalize women’s fundamental bodily and sexual rights, and reduces the enjoyment of this right to circumstances of necessity.

We object to risking women’s rights to health and life by restricting or banning abortion instead of encouraging free, easily accessible, high quality birth control methods. Abortion is not only a freedom of choice, but a vital social right. The right to abortion that is on demand, free-of-charge, accessible, safe, and legal, is also a right to life. Forcing women to take life-threatening risks is nothing short of murder.

THE RIGHT TO SAFE ABORTION IS AN INDIVISIBLE PART OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR BODILY AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS!

Women’s right to sexual and reproductive health includes having control over their own bodies and access to safe abortion; limiting these rights is an open violation of fundamental human rights and women’s human rights. In accordance with its domestic legislation and the international conventions it is party to, Turkey is under obligation to provide adequate, comprehensive, and accessible sexual and reproductive health services. In Turkey, child marriages, forced marriages, women’s murders, rapes, and morality-based repression mechanisms have all become normalized. The responsibility for birth control has been left primarily to women. However, in a country where contraceptives are not easily accessible, withdrawal is the most prevalent form of birth control, female employment rates continue to drop and female poverty is rapidly increasing, restricting or banning women’s right to on demand pregnancy termination is an act of blatant discrimination that will push women to seek unsafe abortions.

WE REJECT THE ATTACKS ON HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH MILITARIST AND DISCRIMINATORY DISCOURSES AND PRACTICES!

By saying “Every abortion is an Uludere,” PM Erdogan equated women’s enjoyment of their bodily rights with killing people in a bombardment attack. This is a discriminatory and militarist statement that calls to question the human rights of both Kurds and women, whereas the primary responsibility of any state should be to ensure its citizens lead a decent life, and to guarantee equal rights and freedoms to all.

According to Article 16.1.e of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women-to which Turkey is a proud signatory-women have the right to “decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children.” The current governmental initiative to ban abortion is simply another manifestation of the ongoing misogynist mentality that ignores women’s right to make decisions on matters that concern their bodies, sees women’s primary reason for existence as the continuation of the species, and constructs neoliberal population policies based on women’s bodies.

A decision to ban abortion will constitute an open violation of the right to life for millions of women, and the right to live with dignity for men, women, and children alike.

We, the undersigned organizations, demand that the process initiated to ban abortion and the politics of the Prime Minister and the Government of Turkey that target women’s bodies be ceased IMMEDIATELY!!