Violence, economy top Turkey’s women issues

The survey was carried out by the A&G research firm and was conducted among 2,083 women. (Shutterstock)

Al Arabiya News is marking International Women’s Day, and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on gender equality. Here, we take a look at women’s issues in Turkey.

Violence against women and economic issues top Turkey’s women-related issues, according to a survey released by Hürriyet Daily News on Sunday, International Women’s Day.

Of the women surveyed, just 23.4 percent work while only 37.2 percent of the women surveyed have a personal bank account.

Regarding the issue of violence against women, 23 percent of Turkish women said that they have been a victim of domestic abuse by their husbands at least once.

The survey was carried out by the A&G research firm and was conducted among 2,083 women aged 18 to 55 from 36 provinces and 116 neighborhoods between Feb. 28 and March 1, the newspaper reported.

According to the survey, some 53 percent of women who are victims of domestic violence say they were also beaten by their fathers, 52 percent were beaten by their mothers and 33 percent by their brothers.

Some 30.4 percent of Turkish women stated that without male protection it would be “difficult to survive,” while 47.8 percent noted that regardless of a woman’s day job, she is still responsible for housework.

Meanwhile, some 83.5 percent of surveyed women agreed that women should have equal rights in every aspect of life.

Some 61.1 percent of Turkish women said that “if more women enter parliament the tone of political debate would improve,” the newspaper reported.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44