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The Brothel Next Door

May 15, 2012

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Turkey is cracking down on the sex trade. What’s next? BY ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN | MAY 14, 2012 Under the shade of a tree at an Istanbul cafe, Suzan, a voluptuous woman in her 50s with dyed blond hair and a warm, generous smile, describes how she went from teenage bride to full-time sex worker. […]

Kurdish Female Migrants Meet Isolation in Istanbul

May 7, 2012

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By Jennifer Hattam WeNews correspondent Monday, May 7, 2012 Life isn’t easy for the female migrants continually flowing into Istanbul from Turkey’s Kurdish region. Those who are illiterate or unable to speak Turkish can face particularly intense isolation from basic services. ISTANBUL, Turkey (WOMENSENEWS)–Sosin and her family moved from rural Turkey to Istanbul, the country’s […]

‘Honour killings’: murder by any other name

May 1, 2012

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‘Honour killings’ are spreading at an alarming rate, and not just in the Middle East. What makes a man kill a family member? Elif Shafak guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 April 2012 Tulay Goren. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images Gonay Ogmen is the son of a Christian Armenian family in Istanbul. In December 2010, in the […]

Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey

April 26, 2012

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By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSUPublished: April 25, 2012 Daniel Etter for The New York TimesA victim of domestic abuse in a women’s shelter in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 31, 2012. She has fled her husband and does not want to reveal her identity.  ISTANBUL — Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived […]

Fear of Honor Killings

April 24, 2012

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DPAOther women are not so lucky. Arzu Özmen was murdered after she tried to escape her family. Here, a tribute in front of the bakery where she worked in Detmold. GERMANY: Bahar ran away early on a winter morning, one-and-a-half years after her mother was murdered. She helped her younger siblings get ready for school, […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

Caught Between Two Cultures – Risk of Suicide Greater for Turkish-German Women

August 9, 2011

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08/05/2011By Barbara Hardinghaus The number of attempted suicides is five times as high among young Turkish-German women than their ethnic German counterparts. In a state of limbo between two cultures, they often succumb to despair. Sema, a 27-year-old woman who tried to commit suicide twice, is a case in point. Many young Turkish women who […]

Caught Between Two Cultures – Risk of Suicide Greater for Turkish-German Women

August 9, 2011

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08/05/2011By Barbara Hardinghaus The number of attempted suicides is five times as high among young Turkish-German women than their ethnic German counterparts. In a state of limbo between two cultures, they often succumb to despair. Sema, a 27-year-old woman who tried to commit suicide twice, is a case in point. Many young Turkish women who […]

Honour killings, domestic violence still a problem in Turkey

May 5, 2011

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By Alina Lehtinen for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 11/04/11 Women activists carry a mock coffin for Ayse Pasali, who was killed by her ex-husband. [Reuters] Neriman Aysun, a Turkish woman in her 40s, spent ten years in a violent marriage. The violence escalated during the relationship’s final three years, prompting her to escape […]

Human rights group grieves over violence against women in Turkey

May 5, 2011

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:27 PM EDTHuman Rights Watch (HRW) has released a devastating report on the prevalence of violence against women in Turkey.“Turkey’s flawed family violence protection system leaves women and girls across the country unprotected against domestic abuse, HRW said.“Life-saving protections, including court-issued protection orders and emergency shelters, are not available for many […]