Protests against femicides and reactionist policies grow in Turkey

Murder of a young woman and the debates on the Istanbul Convention have sparked public protests against femicides and the ruling AKP's reactionist policies in Turkey.
Thursday, 23 July 2020 11:16

Pınar Gültekin, a 27-year-old university student who had been missing for 5 days, was found dead on Tuesday in the forest area of Menteşe district of Turkey's Muğla.

The suspect, who was detained for the murder of Gültekin, turned out to be her ex-boyfriend, Cemal Metin Avcı. He forced Gültekin to be together again but was rejected.

Avcı, who confessed he murdered the young woman, took Pınar Gültekin to his own vineyard house to speak. He declared, in his first statement, that he battered Gültekin and killed her after fainting.

Hundreds took to streets to protest the increasing number of femicides in the country and the ruling AKP's latest move to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention aiming to prevent and combat violence against women.

The government's step to target the Convention has also sparked a public reaction, rejecting the backward step that would put the women of the country in more danger.

While hundreds protested the government's reactionist take on femicides and the Convention in Istanbul, protesters were beaten and detained by the police forces in İzmir and Ankara.


Upon the murder of Pınar Gültekin, Communist Women made a statement saying "Pınar Gültekin's murderer is not only the face you see in the photo. The killers are also those who enforce the law of execution of sentences, those who try to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, those who spread reactionist discourses every time they speak, and those who have been weakened the status of women in society by making them an object of 'cheap labor' for 200 years."

The Communist Women have also released a declaration that was handed out in the streets of the biggest cities of Turkey. The declaration called on the working people to stand shoulder to shoulder to end the violence against women.

The declaration includes the following demands:

. Women cannot be subjected to any discrimination or humiliation caused by being women.

. No attack on any legal gain of women is acceptable.

. State law enforcement, judiciary, lawyers, media that lead to or maintain the reactionist attitude should be investigated and punished.

. There should be no reduction and amnesty in the punishments of perpetrators of violence against women and women murderers.

. The principles of secularism cannot be diluted, and religion cannot be used in the public sphere and politics.


The Communist Youth of Turkey (TKG) and the Communist Women have organized an online broadcast to talk about the femicides in Turkey.

In the broadcast titled 'From femicides to the Istanbul Convention: Who is the perpetrator of women's murders?', the member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) shared her comments on the issue.

Doruk stated that in Turkey the ruling AKP wants to create a country in which the women are put at the center of exploitation, humiliation, and violence.

"Today, women's unemployment is around 45.3%. On the other hand, there is a government that only watches women's murders. Only 119 women were murdered in Turkey in five months," she noted. "They are discussing individual events in order to ignore discussing the system; they are discussing the women in order to ignore discussing the offenders," Doruk added.

At the end of the online broadcast, Doruk emphasized the need for the struggle for socialism. "This order exploits women exposes them to violence and kills them. Capitalism maintains its order by killing women. The Istanbul Convention is a very important achievement for women. It imposes duties on the police, on the state to protect women from violence. The Convention is a step forward, a step that needs to be protected, but it has been prepared within the boundaries of this establishment, and its precautions are for this establishment. We understand those who say "the Convention makes women live", but the Convention itself is not enough to keep women alive, we need socialism," Doruk said.