“Men Against the Abortion Ban” marched across Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district on Sunday to express the reasons why they oppose the controversial proposal by government officials to ban abortion.
Officials from the United Nations Population Fund stress that the causes lying behind abortion cannot be resolved through legal prohibition or moral denunciation and call instead for greater access to birth control methods, introducing courses on sexual health in schools and strengthening the status of women.
Criminalizing abortion will not lead to fewer abortions, said the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, who has been in Turkey for meetings on violence against women.
Human rights organizations called for an end to all violence between the Turkish military and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during a press release today, following fierce clashes that killed and injured scores of people from both sides in recent days.
Prominent representatives of Turkey’s Alevi minority sharply criticized the government’s move to include elective courses on the Alevi faith in school curricula as part of the new controversial education reform bill.
Human rights organizations decried the new draft law on the Turkish Human Rights Institution (TIHK) during a press meeting at the headquarters of the Human Rights Association (IHD) on June 14.
By Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU)'s grant fund of 2010, under the title of Enhancing Dialogue among NGOs; Başak Culture and Art Foundation in İstanbul and Children Under Same Roof foundation (ÇAÇA-DER) in Diyarbakır worked together on Am I guilty? Are we guilty? Are they guilty? project and published the results in 3 languages.
As part of joint efforts by the European Union and Turkey to enhance women’s rights in Turkey, proposals are being sought in 24 Turkish provinces to support NGOs in combating violence against women. The deadline for applications is 27 July 2012.
TO THE POLICIES OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY THAT TARGET GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN'S BODIES, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, AND SEXUALITY, OUR RESPONSE IS A RESOUNDING "NO!"
bianet's men and women are now starting off a campaign in order to open a space for everyone to react easily and openly. Anyone who says "This Is My Decision" can join by writing whichever sentence they wish to write, in whichever language they prefer, on either a piece of paper or your belly and taking a photo.