Alper Tolga Bulut

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Women protest the government's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention in Istanbul on July 4. (Emrah Gurel/AP)

Turkey has withdrawn from the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, popularly known as the Istanbul Convention. Women and supporters protested nationwide, while the White House, the European Union, the United Nations and many others internationally criticized the decision. Internationally, some fear that Turkey’s withdrawal may encourage other European populist governments — in particular, Poland’s Law & Justice (PiS) party — to do so as well.

Liberal Turkish groups contend that the withdrawal will worsen gender inequality at home and in public life. Government officials and other conservatives disagree, saying that the convention hasn’t improved women’s rights — and in fact, threatens families.…  Seguir leyendo »