Turkish Prez Slams Feminists, Says Women not Equal to Men

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that women are not equal to men and launched a bitter attack against feminists in Turkey, claiming they reject the concept of motherhood.
  • Speaking at a summit in Istanbul on justice for women, the devoutly Muslim president said that biological differences between women and men meant they cannot serve the same functions in life.
  • Erdogan told an audience of Turkish women including his own daughter Sumeyye: Our religion (Islam) has defined a position for women (in society): motherhood.
  • He also added: You cannot explain this to feminists because they don’t accept the concept of motherhood.
  • He re called: I would kiss my mother’s feet because they smelled of paradise. She would glance coyly and cry sometimes. Motherhood is something else.
  • He said women and men cannot be treated equally “because it is against human nature.”
  • The government of Erdogan has been accused of seeking to erode the country’s secular principles and limiting the civil liberties of women.
  • Erdogan also drew the ire of feminist groups for declaring that every woman in Turkey should have three children and with proposals to limit abortion rights and the morning-after pill.