At least 474 women killed by men in Turkey in 2019: report

Men in Turkey killed at least 474 women last year, the We Will Stop Femicide Platform has revealed in its 2019 annual report.

The report released on Tuesday added that 42 of the women were killed in December alone, while cases of sexual violence against women and child abuse continued in the country in 2019.

According to the report, murderers of 152 women could not be identified, while 134 of them were killed by their husbands; 51 women were murdered by their partners, and 25  were killed by their ex-husbands.

The report said the murders were mostly due to financial problems,  attempts to get a divorce, and women’s refusal of husbands’ or partners’ wishes to make up while as many as 218 women were killed for reasons that could not be determined.

“The violence continues in Turkey as the authorities fail to determine who kill the women and why, as they also fail to conduct a fair prosecution for the perpetrators and to give them dissuasive penalties,” the platform argued in the report.

They further explained that the Turkish authorities do not make any effort for  Law no 6284 and the Istanbul Convention to be effectively enforced in the country.

Enacted in Turkey in 2012,  Law no 6284 aims to protect women, children, family members, and victims of stalking who have been subjected to violence or are at risk of abuse.

The Istanbul Convention, officially known as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, obliges its signatories to take precautions against domestic violence, compensate its victims, and sentence perpetrators proportionally.

According to the report, the case of Emine Bulut, who was stabbed to death by her ex-husband in front of their 10-year-old daughter, underlines how urgently Turkey needs to effectively implement such laws by revealing the extent of violence against women.

Bulut’s femicide, which took place in a cafe in Turkey’s central Kirikkale province on August 18, sparked a public outcry after a video featuring the aftermath of the slaughter was posted on social media.

“I don’t want to die!” the woman is seen in the video screaming,  with her chest covered in blood from the stab wounds while her daughter begs her not to die.

In the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index released in November 2019, which serves to track progress toward women’s inclusion, justice, and security, Turkey was ranked 114th among 167 countries.

The country also ranked 130th among 153 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2020 that aims to create global awareness of the challenges that gender gaps pose, as well as the opportunities that emerge when action is taken to reduce them.

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