President and AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at the 2nd International Women at Work Summit.
“WOMEN OBTAINED TRUE LIBERATION UNDER OUR GOVERNMENT”
Indicating that putting an end to shameful acts which did not befit Turkey’s dignity and history was only possible thanks to the determined struggle of AK Party, President Erdoğan stated that the reforms that they enacted since 2002 expanded the areas of freedom not only for women but for everyone.
Underlining that the women employment rate was increased from 22.7 percent in 2005 to 34.3 percent in July 2017 and that they aim to increase this rate to 41% by 2023, President Erdoğan said, “Anyone with a conscience can clearly observe this following fact: Women of our country started to fully enjoy and exercise their rights which they had acquired in 1934 without any restriction under AK Party administration. Turkish women obtained true liberation in political, economic, academic and commercial sense under our government.”
“We know that these facts disturb the mental comfort of certain circles both at home and abroad. The main stereotype in the minds of these circles which look down upon people and nurture enmity toward values of the nation is that Islam marginalizes women,” said President Erdoğan and made the following remarks: “Despite all these facts, why do some people still nurture enmity towards religion and nation? Why do they try to associate the vile attitudes of a herd of murderers that is DAESH against women with Islam? For them, women and women’s rights do not matter because if they really valued women, they would see and speak up against young girls turned into death machines by PKK and YPG and not just DAESH.”
“ARGUMENTS SIMILAR TO THOSE OF FEBRUAY 28 ARE NOW IN CIRCULATION IN EUROPE”
Underscoring that it is understood that in the upcoming period, women, especially in Western countries will face serious restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms, President Erdoğan indicated that the rising far-right and xenophobe movements in Europe poison political and social life with their inhuman ideas and that certain European populist leaders submit to the demands of these factions to save the day.
Drawing attention to the fact that the separation of “public and private sphere” which was once used as a legitimizing tool for suppressing women in Turkey becomes more and more common in Western countries, President Erdoğan said, “The arguments which we heard frequently during the February 28 process are now in circulation in Europe” and noted that the inhuman treatment that Turkish women once had to endure can now be observed in certain European cities which are supposedly the cradle of democracy.
Recalling that there are women in Europe who were prevented from receiving education, who are fired from their jobs, who had to shut down their businesses as a result of pressures, President Erdoğan stated, “Just as we have fought against this degenerate mentality on democratic grounds in Turkey, we must also resist these growing threats.”