The Istanbul Convention enters into force on 1 August 2014. This is an important milestone in the history of the Women’s Movement and much remains to be done to improve the situation of women survivors of violence and their children.

On the 1st of August 2014, the Istanbul Convention will come into force. For Women against Violence Europe (WAVE) and all of our Focal Points and Partners, the upcoming event is a tremendous accomplishment in the history of the Women’s Movement. The Istanbul Convention is the first ever truly comprehensive instrument at the European level which addresses violence against women. As of beginning of July 2014, 13 countries have already ratified the Convention, and 25 have signed it. The Convention’s coming into force is an important step, and strong implementation and commitment of member states is needed to effectively work towards preventing and combating violence against women and their children. 

The Draft which provides amendment of articles of TPC regulating sex crimes is regulated again within scope of “omnibus bill” which the government adopts as a routine practice for all significant legal regulations. “Omnibus bill” practice is a lawmaking technique that does not allow integrative evaluation of a law which has “main code” quality such as TPC. Despite being undue, this lawmaking technique is an approach that fails to be in concordance with the severity, intensity and significance of sex crimes committed against women and children.  Also, the Draft, in its current form, is away from being in integrity and systematic. The government regulates various subjects which are not interrelated altogether to avoid duly discussion of these subjects and applies a method to “whip out” some regulations which could be regarded unfavorable by the public together with other "favorable" regulations which they consider not to be objected by anyone. Therefore, we object to such lawmaking technique that does not comply with the scope and dimensions of the regulations on sexual violence crimes committed against women and children and their significance and severity; we request preparation of a separate and collective TPC that is concordant and interrelated with the entire TPC to include violence against women, children and LGBTIs with the cooperative studies to be carried out with respective non-governmental organizations and institutions.

Hence, enactment of the articles concerning sex crimes on the agenda of General Assembly of TNGA. Considering that people mainly exposed to sexual violence crimes are mainly women, children and LGBTI individuals, it would be essential that such crimes are dealt from a specific perspective and required regulations are made according to such perspective. Means of application which do not expose the victims of crime to secondary damnification shall be created and regulations which take statement of the victims as basis shall be made for effective investigation and prosecution of the crime.

On Friday, 7th of February we held the first transnational Mor Çatı friends meeting in which 7 women participated in Mor Çatı Women Solidarity Center. Most women who are coming from different corners of the world and speaking various languages, except for Turkish, contact with Mor Çatı to become a volunteer or an intern for Mor Çatı. Communication plays a very important key role to be involved in an organization. Therefore, we came together and chose English as a common language.

The press release of the Platform is as follows;

We won’t vote for the parties which ban on abortion

We are calling for all the women: We are going to dress ourselves in purple and go out into the streets on Friday, 28th of March in order to declare “no vote for the parties that ban on abortion!”

Women who wanted to become volunteers of Mor Çatı gathered at Cezayir Restaurant on Saturday, 29th of December. 22 women participated the meeting and the shared their experiences. We explained how the network of solidarity has been built in the realm of Mor Çatı Solidarity Center and what has been done so far.

After Istanbul and Trabzon, the experience-sharing workshop on “Violence against women and legal practices” was held in Gaziantep on December 15. After Istanbul and Trabzon, Mor Çatı organizes the experience- sharing workshop entitled “Violence against Women and Legal Practices” in Gaziantep within a project conducted in order to uncover the problems and find solutions to the issues that women face when applying to justice after being subject to violence.