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Why is Turkey withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention?

The Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence was signed in Istanbul, Turkey on the 11th May 2011, it took effect in 2014, outlawing femicide and gender-based violence. In 2020 alone around 285 women were murdered by their partners or in suspicious circumstances, despite this Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced his country's withdrawal from the Convention on March 20th 2021. Why has Turkey taken away women’s legal protections in withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention? kadincinayetlerinidurduracagiz.net/for-english
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Erdogan is courting religious hardliners

Struggling amidst a declining economy and a failure to handle the COVID pandemic, Erdogan is experiencing a loss of support, and, taking a leaf from the Donald Trump playbook, is trying to consolidate his voter base among religious conservatives to hold on to power. Erdogan has seemingly made similar moves before, from the re-designation of the Hagia Sophia as a mosque to efforts to distance Turkey from Europe, all are designed to cement his legacy and court religious fundamentalists. Technically speaking the withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention in this way is illegal (unconstitutional via presidential decree), in spite of this Erdogan's justification remained that the convention “was hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalise homosexuality" [1], an answer clearly based in homophobic pandering more than reality.

english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2020/11/03/Turkish-support-for-President-Erdogan-s-AKP-party-hits-all-time-low-Poll washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/erdogan-make-hagia-sophia-mosque-again-will-it-help-him ekathimerini.com/opinion/interviews/1156642/erdogan-is-shifting-turkey-away-from-europe-former-president-tells-kathimerini [1] aei.org/op-eds/why-turkeys-istanbul-convention-withdrawal-will-backfire

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