Equality for women remains a controversial issue in Turkish society, even though legally their status is clear. The Turkish constitution says that men and women are completely equal.
As part of the country’s bid for EU membership in recent years, Turkey has instituted a number of legal reforms. That’s improved the situation of women. For instance, women no longer need their husbands’ permission to work. One example of the change can be found in the small, traditional town of Ayvalik on the Aegean Sea. Here women earn money of their own producing handbags from recycled materials.