Category Archives: Women’s Rights

Amnesty on Turkey’s Worsening Human Rights Record: 11 Key Issues

At midnight tonight, Amnesty International issued its Annual Report, The State of the World’s Human Rights.  There is grim reading throughout.  This was a tough year for human rights worldwide. Below I’ll try to outline the main issues that Amnesty … Continue reading

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Erdogan “I don’t believe in equality between men and women”

What can one say about a leader of state who meets with representatives of women’s organizations and tells them blithely, “I don’t believe in equality between men and women.” In a recent blog for the Huffington Post, Sophia Jones argues … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day in Turkey

I was planning to write a short blog today, noting that today, March 8, is International Women’s Day and perhaps drawing the readers attention to the on-going issue of violence against women in Turkey and Bill Jones’ recent blog on … Continue reading

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Sexual violence in the Gezi crackdown

Prime Minister Erdogan often portrays himself as a father figure for his citizens, and particularly for the women of Turkey.  He has – with good reason – publicly spoken out on reported attacks on women wearing headscarves.  He worries about … Continue reading

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Release of major report Amnesty Report on Gezi Crackdown

I have worked on human rights in Turkey for well over a decade now, first volunteering at shelters for refugees and migrants as a doctoral student and, later, as Country Specialist for Amnesty International.  Working with any large institutions brings … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Gender Gap

A map published in Times Higher Education has been making the rounds on facebook and other social media sources.  It shows the percentage of women holding positions in academia by country within Europe. Turkey comes out surprisingly well in the … Continue reading

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