Monday, 21 February 2011

Violence against women, a real Turkish Issue

New data about violence against women from the Justice Ministry of Turkey is too shocking to ignore, according to official figures the number of women murdered in a year in Turkey shot up 1,400 per cent between 2002 and 2009.

The figures show that nearly half of all Turkish women experience violence, from 2002 to July 2009, a total of 12,678 cases were opened because of violence and murders some 15,564 people were tried in those cases, and 6,736 were sentenced. In those cases, 1,869 people were acquitted and 794 people were given parole.

With nearly a thousand women murdered in Turkey in 2009 according to new data from the Justice Ministry, the country has witnessed a drastic increase since 66 women were murdered in 2002.

According to activists, the reason behind violence against women is the imbalance of power and the inequality between men and women in society and the only way to solve the problem of such violence is to ensure gender equality, Changing the roles and attitudes of men and women within the family and society while also strengthening the role of women is the only solution in defeating violence against women.


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