A growing number of women in Turkey are fighting against patriarchal ideas and domestic violence. About 40 percent of Turkish women have suffered domestic violence. Some say President Erdogan's government fosters a culture of female subjugation.
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The country's poor ranking in the WEF's gender gap index has caused embarrassment and triggered calls for change to support female empowerment.
Protesters have expressed their anger at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, an international accord designed to protect women from violence.
Numbers suggest the United Arab Emirates is at the forefront when it comes to opportunities for women, gender equality and equal pay. But the reality for most women is different, and there is still a long way to go.
The Istanbul Convention seeks to end violence against women — but in recent years it has become increasingly politicized. Turkey has announced it is ditching the treaty, and other countries may follow suit. But why?
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