Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has signed a decree on the country’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe on Combating Violence against Women, the EADaily portal reported, citing local media.
In turn, the Vice-President of Turkey Fuat Oktay pointed out that women in the country have nothing to fear since the presence of such documents does not reduce or increase the responsibility to prevent violence.
“Our sincere struggle to bring the position of the Turkish woman in society to the level that she deserves will continue while preserving our traditional values. There is no need to look for a cure outside, to imitate others for this higher purpose. The solution is in our traditions and customs, “ Oktay said.
The Convention was adopted in 2011 and entered into force three years later. Turkey became the first state to ratify the document.