Exit from women's treaty divides Turkey's activists, aide says treaty 'hijacked' by LGBTQ movement

Turkey’s contentious withdrawal from a treaty combating gender-based violence has been criticised by women’s rights groups, and had a sympathetic response from at least one quarter: a top women’s group that includes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s daughter. With a stroke of the pen that sparked international outrage, Erdogan last month pulled Turkey out of the 2011 Istanbul Convention, a landmark pact it once took pride in having helped craft. Erdogan’s decision came as the number of femicides and other crimes against Turkish women is growing. For some observers, the mostly Muslim but officia…

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