Thousands of girls across Turkey protested on Wednesday, demanding the government doesn’t withdraw from a global treaty that prevents domestic violence.
The Istanbul Convention is the world’s first binding tool to prevent and combat violence against girls, from marital rape to female genital mutilation.
The protests started in July following a ruling party official said the conference was”incorrect” and theorized over the potential withdrawal.
Hundreds rallied in Istanbul, using placards reading’: “Girls won’t forgive violence”, “Employ the Istanbul Convention” and”Long live women’s solidarity,” an AFP correspondent said.
There were protests in Ankara, Izmir, and in the southern cities of Adana and Antalya.
In the last few decades, women’s rights groups have accused police of failing to execute law 6284 — generated after Turkey ratifies the treaty in 2012 — leaving women vulnerable to violence frequently by their spouses, relatives or husbands.
Rights group”We are going to Discontinue Femicide Platform” states 146 women were murdered by men in the first half of 2020.
The team says 474 girls were murdered last year while the figure was 180 in 2010.
Last month, Poland’s right-wing authorities said it could withdraw from the treaty, sparking mass protests.