Turkey Femicide: 158 Women Killed Since January This Year

Ankara reported that at least 158 women have been killed since January 2022 in femicide-related incidents across Turkey.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Tuesday that, under the coordination of the Ministry of Family and Social Services, Ankara will resolutely continue its fight against domestic violence and violence against women.

The number of current femicides is apparently lower than the same period of 2021, when 166 women were killed during the span of the first seven months.

“With the awareness that even one number is more than one, we continue to fight violence with all segments of society with the principle of Sifir-Tolerans (zero-tolerance) in the fight against domestic violence and violence against women,” Soylu said in a tweet.

In 2021, Turkey officially quit the Istanbul Convention, an agreement signed by 45 countries and the European Union under which governments must adopt legislation prosecuting domestic violence and gender-based abuse.

Turkey said at that time it withdrew from the deal as it was damaging family unity, and promoting divorce as well as creating an atmosphere for acceptance of the LGBT community.

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