Dear @Mashable There is nothing surprising about Erdoğan’s stand on Özgecan murder…

This is in reaction to Mashable headline linked below. The Mashable author is surprised that Erdoğan was critical of violence against women but when you deconstruct his arguments, one can see that he is one of the most vocal critic of modern women rights. Erdoğan was critical of rape and murder of Özgecan Aslan but during the same period he was more intense in criticizing feminists who protested the incident, and opposition parties. He several times declared that he does not believe in equality between the man and the woman. He has repeatedly attacked women journalists, artists and intellectuals. He idolized the woman as a mother or wife but he cannot accept a woman who prefers to exist in society  without becoming a mother or a wife….

ISTANBUL, Turkey—The murder of a 20-year-old university student in Turkey has thrust the taboo topic of violence against women into the national spotlight, with unlikely voices weighing in.

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According to Media Monitoring Center, an appeal to wear black for Özgecan Aslan was responded by 170 TV presenters from 32 networks.
Turkey Mourns a Female Student’s Brutal Death

Picture of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20 years old women who got kidnapped and murdered in Mersin, Turkey.Picture of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old woman who was kidnapped and murdered in Mersin, Turkey. Widely shared. 


Women in Turkey have begun a social media campaign to share their accounts of sexual harassment and violence in the wake of the brutal murder of a 20-year-old student who was killed after resisting an attempted rape, according to the Turkish news site Hurriyet Daily News

The death of the young woman, Özgecan Aslan, has created an outcry among women in Turkey — and some men — over violence against womenDozens of rallies were held across Turkey over the weekend to protest the murder of Aslan and to call attention to the increasing violence against women in Turkey

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Rape and murder of young woman sparks mass Twitter protest in Turkey

Brutal death of 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan leads to outpouring of rage from Turkish women in campaign hashtagged #sendeanlat (tell your story)

The murder of a woman who tried to stop a man raping her has sparked mass protests in Turkey and prompted women to share their stories of sexual harassment, violence and fear in a growing Twitter campaign.

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