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Women 'most important heroes' of Turkiye struggle to serve nation: President

May 26, 2023 at 5:26 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets the crowd during a Public Gathering at Republic Square in Sivas, Turkiye on May 23, 2023 [Mustafa Kamacı/Anadolu Agency]

Turkiye has realised many projects about women to enhance their area of ​​freedom, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Over the course of our 40-year-long journey in politics, we have always walked shoulder to shoulder with our women … We have always overcome the obstacles raised before us and the attacks that even reached the point of targeting our lives with the support of women.

“Today, I would like to underline, once again, that women are the most important heroes of our struggle to serve our country and nation,” Erdogan said at a meeting with women’s societies in Istanbul.

Turkiye has expanded the areas of freedom, employment and representation of women without any discrimination, he stressed.

“We have increased the rate of women completing at least one level of education from 70 per cent to 88 per cent. We have increased women in employment from 6 million to 10.5 million,” Erdogan said.

The President added that the efforts and labour of women contributed to Turkiye’s progress in all areas from economy to trade, from rights and freedoms to agriculture, tourism, education and health.

Diyarbakir mothers

Erdogan also hailed Diyarbakir mothers who continue their sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in south-eastern Turkiye.

“I pay my respects to the mothers of Diyarbakir, who have been on the guard for months to take back their children that the separatist organisation forcibly smuggled into the mountains,” he said.

He added that the mothers defy terrorist organisations through their watch for their children.

The sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in south-eastern Turkiye began in September 2019 in Diyarbakir, when three mothers said their children had been forcibly recruited by YPG/PKK terrorists.

The sit-in outside the offices of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) – a party currently facing a closure case, and which the government accuses of having links to the terrorist YPG/PKK – has been growing every day.

Demonstrations have also spread to other provinces, including Van, Mus, Sirnak and Hakkari.

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