Just around the corner, Asuman Uz (41) was murdered by her husband in Aksaray. He slits Asuman´s throat and stabs her many times.
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“Dying her hair, buying new clothes, not cooking meatballs, not passing the salt, being annoying, being accused of flirting with other men, not calling back, requesting a divorce from their partners or failing to reply to their confession of love” According to a women’s rights activist organization women were killed for these kind of “excuses” in Turkey.
 Between 2010-2016, 1638 women were murdered.  Women are being killed by beating, beheading, burning alive, shooting into the heart or head with a shotgun, stabbed up to 25 times, slit their throat in the middle of the street when children passing by . It should be noted that the women not only were murdered, but their bodies were mutilated before and after their deaths.

We do know that patriarchy, family honor, traditional expectations of women and cultural pressure is the reason behind the loss of these lives. It is out of question for a Turkish girl/woman from a traditional family to free herself from the cage based on her loyalty to husband, family and probably even to their children. Turkey has strict etiquette rules composed for his 39 million 229 thousand 862 hundred female citizens by dictating how to behave and talk in the public, how many children to have; how to dress as a Turkish woman in a proper way. The role of women in contemporary Turkey is defined by an ongoing gender equality struggle which includes that women in Turkey continue to be the victims of rape and brutal killings.

Being a single mother in Turkey is highly stigmatized. Also social decorum in Turkey dictates even after their marriage is over, women should not be embarrassing their husbands by being seen and behaving out “of control” in public, being seen with another man happens even rarely. “Turkish women like gossiping. I did not want to be the topic of their afternoon tea, so I decided to move with my daughter to another city where nobody knows us. 
Of course, also here everybody is asking why am I not married. It is simply unusual In Turkey to live single as a woman on your own”.

They decided to do some shopping, enjoying the day after school. 
So, the girls went to the mall in Tarsus. It is February 11, 2015. It is almost dawn, people heading home, women all over Turkey preparing dinner while through the open window the sound of the prayer call infiltrates the rooms and drowns out the voice of the news speaker in the background. She is reporting another murder of a woman, only 20-years-old. How should Özgecan know that the feeling of the breeze on her skin while she was waiting for the minibus back home would be the beginning of a nightmare?

 In Mersin, a young Turkish student, Özgecan Aslan, was traveling home on a minibus in the southeast seaside province of Mersin when a man tried to rape her. When she retaliated with pepper spray, he stopped her and beat her to death with a iron bar before enlisting his father and a friend to help dispose of her body by burning, cutting her body in pieces and dumping it in a river. The role of women in contemporary Turkey is defined by an ongoing gender equality struggle which includes that women in Turkey continue to be the victims of rape and brutal killings. Unlike many of the other murdered woman, her story got international attention and spread all over the world. Finally women from every corner of Turkey dared to hope for a better future.

However nothing has changed. It is actually getting worse and worse.

„I have two pocket knives and a pepper spray in my bag. For a 10-minute walk, I go equipped like Tomb Raider.“ #tellyourstory #sendeanlat 8:27 PM - 15 Feb 2015
→ “Once walking down the street an older man stopped in front of me, observed me from tip to toe while his expression changed. He spit at me. In his eyes, I disgraced my family´s good name by wearing a T-Shirt, showing too much skin. Another man called me “bitch”, says Cansu and underline that she doesn´t want to stay after her graduation from the Cag University in Turkey anymore.

Beside this well staged picture that Turkey is willing to show to outsiders, there is so much more happening under the surface. Tradition and culture dictate much more than meets the eye. One in three women is subjected to violence. One in five women are killed in Turkey everyday, says Yasemin Yücel, the deputy chairwoman of the Tarsus branch of the Education Personnel Union. 
 And the violence against women is getting more and more brutal.

Necmiye Ceren Baran (20) was killed at one of the most crowded spots in Ankara by her ex Boyfriend, a police officer. 10/05/2016.

 

A woman‘s role is that of mother and homemaker. “Our religion gave woman a station. What station is this? The station of motherhood ... Motherhood is something different and is the most unobtainable, the highest station” “A woman who abstains from maternity by saying ‘I am working’ means that she is actually denying her femininity. This is my sincere thought. A woman who refuses maternity and gives up housekeeping faces the threats of losing her freedom. She is lacking and is a half [a person] no matter how successful she is in the business world”. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan