Erdogan: Combating violence against women is a basic policy

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his governments have made combating violence against women a basic state policy.

This came in a speech on Saturday during an event in Istanbul on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Erdogan added that they are making efforts to raise awareness of the entire society regarding combating violence against women.

He added, “Turkey has come a long way in this regard, to the point that it cannot be compared to past eras.”

The Turkish President criticized media campaigns and others on social media platforms for “an attempt to cover up the successes” of his governments with regard to policies related to women.

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Regarding these movements and campaigns targeting the family, President Erdogan stressed that they “have nothing to do with defending women’s rights.”

Citing the efforts his governments are making for women, he said that his administration established in 2011 the “Ministry of Family and Social Services.”

President Erdogan stressed that “protecting the family from the trends and campaigns targeting it is protecting women and their rights at the same time.”

He added, “We consider combating violence against women an integral part of our policies to strengthen the role of the family and raise its status.”

He stressed that the biggest revolution undertaken by his governments regarding combating violence against women was “the issuance of Law No. 6284 in 2012 regarding protecting the family and preventing violence against women.”