Turkey withdraws from the Istanbul Convention against male violence. A very hard blow for women

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Turkey abandons the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as Istanbul Convention and ratified for the first time (2011) in that country.

A very hard blow for Turkish citizens: almost every day in 2020 a woman died at the hands of a man, not counting the 170 suspicious deaths. Same rhythms in the first 65 days of 2021, around seventy feminicides. According to the World Health Organization at least 40 percent of Turkish women are victims of intimate partner violence compared to a European average of 25 percent. Turkey also holds the record of imprisoned journalists. The issue of misogynistic violence in Türkiye is therefore an issue of the highest level.

The abandonment of the Convention, which was signed by 34 European nations and constitutes an indispensable tool for the fight against male violence, was announced with a coup decree by the president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed by the conservative government it believes the treaty is dangerous for having introduced the "principle of "gender" equality but also for promoting homosexuality, introducing non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation” (Reuters).

For the ruling party (AKP) the Convention it would in fact damage the family unit and encourage divorce, as well as including references that can be exploited by the LGBTQ community. According to the Associated Press note, those who attack the Convention claim that "the treaty promotes homosexuality through the use of categories such as “gender”, “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” that pose a threat to Turkish families".

In truth the Istanbul Convention has nothing to do with the concept of gender identity as it is understood today in LGBTQ demands, or “free choice of gender regardless of birth sex” (self-id). Even in the Italian discussion on reads Zan Reference was made to the Convention to defend the concept of "gender identity": but this interpretation is absolutely forced.

To the art. 4 of the Convention it is said that "The implementation of the provisions (...) must be guaranteed without any discrimination based on sex, gender (...) sexual orientation,gender identity“. But in 2011, when the text of the treaty was drafted, “gender identity” referred to women's freedom from gender stereotypes, that is, the non-obligation to conform one's behavior to the roles assigned to traditional femininity, e not to queer claims.

The meaning of the Istanbul Convention therefore cannot be misunderstood in any way. In every passage of the text "gender" is understood as "female gender" and is always associated with women, beyond any doubt. From the preamble it is argued that "the achievement ofgender equality de jure and de facto is a key element to prevent the violence against women“; we talk about "structural nature of violence against women, as it is gender-based“. To the art. 3 paragraph d is written “the expression “gender-based violence against women” refers to any violence directed against a woman as such“. And so on (you can find the whole text here).

Gender identity as it is understood today (self-id) therefore has nothing to do with the Istanbul Convention, which cannot be an instrument of gender politics and basis for LGBTQ claims.

Forcing the Convention in this sense harms women.

The Convention belongs to women. And the price of Türkiye's exit will be paid by women.

Here they are feminist demonstrations of yesterday

Marina Terragni

Update, March 22: as you can see, President Erdogan himself explains his decision to abandon the treaty with the exploitation of the Istanbul Convention by LGBTQ+ people - a decision which in any case remains intolerable and which will worsen the condition of women in Turkey -. The forced and opportunistic interpretation of the word gender as "free gender identity" offered the pretext to Erdogan to archive the Convention presumably with the consent of at least part of the population. This has caused serious harm to women, for whom the Convention was designed.

Alone Feminist Post immediately proposed this interpretation of the facts.

Türkiye, Istanbul Convention manipulated by gay community´

(ANSA) – ROME, MARCH 22 – «As known, Turkey was the first signatory to the Istanbul Convention, demonstrating a strong commitment to fighting all forms of violence and protecting the status of women in society. Initially the Istanbul Convention aimed to promote the strengthening of women's rights, however was later manipulated by an industry that is trying to normalize homosexuality, incompatible with Turkey's social and family values. Turkey's decision to withdraw from the contract is based on these reasons». The Ankara Presidency declared this in a note, after the unilateral withdrawal from the Council of Europe document against gender violence.

«Turkey is not the only country to have serious concerns about the Istanbul Convention. Six members of the European Union (Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia) have not ratified the Istanbul Convention. Poland too took steps to withdraw from the Convention, citing the attempt by homosexual groups to impose their ideas on gender on the whole of society. The Republic of Turkey's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention in no way means that it is giving up on protecting women. Turkey, even if it withdraws from the Convention, will never give up the fight against domestic violence», continues the note from Ankara.

«Our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly reiterates the fact that Turkey will continue to safeguard the safety and rights of all women and underlines the fact that the fight against violence against women will be a priority on the government's agenda with the policy of zero tolerance", adds the statement, underlining that "Turkey will take further measures to improve the effectiveness of existing measures against domestic violence and violence against women under the human rights action plan announced at the beginning of March". (ANSA). 

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