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Turkey fires tear gas on women protesting gendered violence

AFP

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Demonstrators try to protect themselves from tear gas during a protest against gender-based violence in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 25, 2021.
Zeynep Kuray/AFPDemonstrators try to protect themselves from tear gas during a protest against gender-based violence in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 25, 2021.

The protestors were fired upon during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Turkey’s police on Thursday fired tear gas at hundreds of women protesting in Istanbul against gender-based violence. 

The protesters held banners saying "We will fight till we get what we want" and "Don't be quiet to the male violence."

They urged the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rejoin an international treaty designed to protect women. 

The landmark Istanbul Convention came into force in 2014 and laid the way for a Europe-wide legal framework to tackle, prevent and prosecute violence against women.

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Turkey abandoned the convention after Erdogan signed a decree to that effect in March, drawing the wrath of women campaigners. 

Conservatives within the ruling party argue the treaty's principles of gender equality undermine traditional family values and promote homosexuality. 

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The protesters later wanted to walk to the main Istiklal Street and tried to cross police barricades but riot police fired tear gas to disperse them, an AFP reporter said. 

A total of 345 women in Turkey have been killed since the start of the year, according to the We Will Stop Femicide Platform. There were 410 women killed in 2020.

Female campaigners told AFP women feel more vulnerable and legally unprotected since Turkey withdrew from the convention.