The political discourse throughout much of President Erdogan’s leadership has been marked by patriarchal norms and gender inequalities. What does this mean for the country’s future, and what does the country’s future hold for women?
"It's a question of control and power". "You use religion, you use culture, you use tradition, you use gender to keep the power, to keep control."
Representatives from 175 countries, including 57 heads of states and governments, convened in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit last week and tried to restructure the way the world responds to major humanitarian crises. A key takeaway from the Summit were the commitments made by UN Women which focused on the specific needs and challenges that women and girls face in crises as well as the central role they play as agents of change.
The EU has always been a ‘friend to women’ in the UK, pushing the otherwise sceptical British politicians to go further on equal pay and maternity rights. If the UK votes for a Brexit, an abbreviation of "British exit" from the European Union, these same rights will be at risk of being eroded over time.
In the age of convenience, unlimited access to information, educational opportunities and economic and social empowerment, in that same age in which gender parity rates are growing faster than ever, there are certain places in the world where women are still banned from riding a bicycle.
International Women’s Initiative believes that a generally applicable ban on wearing the niqab or the burqa in public is neither necessary nor proportionate for any legitimate purpose. We are of the opinion that, in the absence of any demonstrable link whatsoever between full-face coverings and increased threats of terrorist attacks, public safety should not be invoked to justify such a restriction on women‘s freedom of expression and religion.