Since the day of its accession, Justice and Development Party (JDP) government has been propagating itself with the slogan "zero tolerance against violence" and signed last year the “Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence” also known as “Istanbul Convention”; nevertheless, contradictorily, the government has been insistently continuing with producing and practicing policies that condensing gender inequalities. Every day, women are being confronted with the consequences of sexist policies of the government concretized with such occasions when the former “Ministry for Women” was redefined as “Ministry for Family”, sufficient budgets were not reserved for combating male violence against women, no political will was put forth so far in struggling against violence and especially when there was a government interference against the rights of women on cesarean delivery and abortion.
We attended the 11th Feminist Night Walk this year on March 8. From Galatasaray Square to Taksim, we walked crying out our slogans for women solidarity. Before the night walk, we have sent many faxes to the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, Dictorate General of Women’s Status (KSGM) and the Prime Ministry, drawing the attention to the policies supporting male dominance which surpass the 8th of March celebrations.
Political parties announced their candidates for general election which will be held on 12th of June. AKP 78 (14,2 %), CHP 109 (20 %), MHP 68 (12,4 %) women candidates have been presented. BDP presented 13 women as an independent candidate.
Women all over Turkey and the world gathered for meetings, discussions and conferences on March 8. Women killings, men’s violence, discriminations in terms of laws and implementations, homophobia and ignoring the women labor were the popular items on the agenda of this year’s International Women’s Day.