THE INTERNATIONAL PROTESTING SYMBOL OF GLOBAL FEMICIDE
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Femicides Europe part 2 (part one - introduction - is below)
Considering the number of global femicides that take place I divided this special
in continents and when you click on one of it
a page will open of which that page will focus on different countries that are
schockingly enough as an 'example' and to
different magazines or broadcasts in online html format and if you want to read
more you can click on the link. I am only
human and I
had to make 'at random' choices but I do so
to avoid me going
crazy because it is so hard to accept reality
but it's there and still I've read a lot of them to be able to give you a as good
as possible insight in
this global atrocity.
Before readers will actually start reading this special I can hear them
'This is a far from my bed show'. Well, maybe or maybe not because, and I'd
really hope it
will never happen but i.e. if it already happened, to your sister, wife, another
relative the more
reason to act! If you already do I apologize and maybe you can contact me at
I however made this special and tribute to
all the victims and their family.
It must be very hard for them.
But Europe is big and that's why I divided it in
South Europe; West Europe and East Europe
and last but not least the Turkey, not European but given their (also)
'co-predators' attitide I'll include them.
If you feel like you cannot read further about the GLOBAL FEMICIDES
it is understandable.
In this case please click on
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2021 PART 10
Investigative indepth journalist and
PS.: I'm also a poet and writer and at present I'm writing the
autobiography of GIANNA my mother (1931-1997) AND GINO d'ARTALI
(alive and ragingly kicking!) covering 15 years in hell,
GLOBAL FEMICIDES - EUROPE
2017: Total number = 66.000 femicides in Europe. EU 26 countries
Today I'll try to kind of 'glue stories' as well as reports from NGO's
and governmental organisations and media reportings together.
But first this:
Nov. 25th. 2021 International day against femicide.
BREAKING AND TEARING YOUR HEART APART:
Turkey is not a part of the European Union but still this needs our
Womens News Agency
11 Nov 2022
<<Van: 15 women die under suspicious circumstances in 10 months
<Turkey has turned into a women's cemetery> Star Women's Association
member Serhat Guevenc drew attention to the increasing rate of femicide
and suspicious deaths of women in Van and reacted to the normalization
of the deaths. Wan - At least 275 women were killed in Turkey in the
first 10 months of 2022, according to the report released by the We Will
Stop Femicide Platform. At least a woman is killed in Turkey. Rate of
femicide cases in Turkey increased by 88% in October, compared to
October 2021. One of the cities, where the number of deaths of women
increased, is the city of Van. 15 women died under suspicious
circumstances in the last 10 months. In an interview with NuJINHA, Star
Women's Association member Serhat Guevenc emphasized that the number of
women, who apply to the association, is climbing in the last period. <At
least three women apply to our association every day,> she said.
'Turkey has turned into a women’s cemetery'
Stating that Turkey has turned into a women's cemetery,> Sertha Guevenc
said that at least a woman dies under suspicious circumstances every day
in Turkey. <Every day, women apply to us and say they are subjected to
violence,> she told us.
'Deaths of women are normalized'
She added, <Every day, about three women, who are subjected to violence,
sexual abuse and want to file for divorce, apply to our association to
demand support. Our society has been desensitized about the deaths of
women and deaths of women are normalized.>
<There are many factors that lead to femicide and suspicious deaths of
women> Serhat Güvenç told us that at least a woman is killed or dies
under suspicious circumstances in the city. Speaking about the reasons
behind the deaths of women, she said, <There are many factors that lead
to femicide and suspicious deaths of women. Social and economic
situations are two of these factors. Men think there are leaders and no
one can oppose them. Many women apply to us because they are cheated by
their husbands. Some men get involved in many sexual intercourse with
more than one woman and when women oppose this, they are subjected to
violence or driven to suicide.> Star Women's Association is a
non-governmental organization providing legal, psychological and
financial support to women victims of violence. <The number of
applications to our association is too high to deal with. Sometimes, we
do not know which application we should give priority to. About three
women apply to our association every day. 90 percent of the women who
applied to our association in the last two months demanded legal support
to file for divorce. Women who oppose to violence want to divorce,>
Serhat Guevenc said.
'Men are encouraged by society'
The association also carries out awareness-raising activities to end
gender-based violence. Speaking about the increasing number of women,
who died under suspicious circumstances, Serhat Guevenc said, <Recently,
many women have died under suspicious circumstances in the city. Last
month, a pregnant woman, mother of two, died under suspicious
circumstances. Her family claimed that she killed herself because she
suffered from 'psychological problems'. Unfortunately, our society sees
the deaths of women as normal. Men are encouraged by society. We carry
out awareness-raising activities to change this mentality.>
The names of 15 women, who died under suspicious circumstances in the
city in the last 10 months, are as follows: >>
and can be read here as also the article continues here:
Now and before I
continue I'll start with
Why: Allow me to quote myself
from the above link:
11 Jan 2022
Me being an Italian I especially wanted to investigate the situation of
femicides in Italy and below are my findings although nothing much could
be found of the year 2021 as if there were no femicides in the past
year. But I'll keep digging 'till I expose predators i.e. femicides that
took place in 2021 and update periodically this page.
At the end of the page you can read my personal conclusion.
And now let's start or continue with Western Europe:
Untill shortly I called myself an investigative journalist which I've
always been since long way back but then I also called myself an indepth
journalist. investigating global femicide and I'm from now on I'm Gino
d'Artali, an investigative, in-depth journalist.
And why am I saying this Global Femicides series, in the part covering
Well as you may know the European counts 26 countries, geograffically
still divided as West and East, apart from the South.
But over the past days and investigating Eastern countries I came to the
Soviet Satellite States during the cold war:
Communist countries during the Cold War can be divided into Soviet
satellite states, pro-Soviet and non-aligned communist countries. The
Soviet satellite states that were completely under the influence of the
Soviet Union were: the German Democratic Republic (East Germany),
Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Albania.
Today the last 5 mentioned countries do no ratify the 'Istanbul
Convention - No to violence against women (Founded . The Istanbul
Convention is the first international legally binding instrument to
combat violence against women and domestic violence.' LINK It was opened
for signature 10 years ago in Istanbul, Turkey. Among them is also
Turkey of which president Erdogan pulled out of the Istanbul Convention.
Keep reading 'till you find TURKEY again.
But during investigating the 5 countries about femicide a very strange
thing occured, all reported 'only' about between 47-52 femicides in
2020. It's obvious that something is 'fishy' here but I cannot put my
finger on what. Still, it stinks!!!
Now let's have a look/read at how some other European countries are
Opinion by Gino d'Artali:
On one side it is part of the European Union. The other side of the coin
is that it, in its politics, is very much Russia oriented i.e. any news
about femicides does not even reach the Polish news let alone the
freedom of the press that is, more and more, being gaged. In my opinion
it (still) is a sattelite state of Russia.
<<a) Violence against women
There is no law addressing violence against women including specific
provisions for investigation,
prosecution and punishment of the perpetrator and protection and support
services for victims.
There are 18 women’s shelters, out of which seven are led by women’s
NGOs (EIGE, 2016).
Additionally, there is a free national call centre for victims of
criminal offences and minor offences
Violence against women continue to be underreported and stigmatised in
Croatia (EIGE, 2016). Data
from 2014 shows that 1 in 5 women in Croatia have experienced physical
and/or sexual violence and
31% of women have been victims of physical, sexual or psychological
violence (EIGE, 2016). Femicide
is occurring at a relatively high rate in Croatia, as estimations show
that 23% of all murder victims are
women murdered by a male member of their family (Human Rights Council,
2013). A Femicide Watch
is being implemented by the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality, which
would closely monitor the
occurrence of women’s homicide by their husbands or former and current
for Gender Equality, 2017).>>
Read more here:
Note from Gino d'Artali: a total of 33 women where victim of femicide.
In 2000 it increased to 101.
HUNGARN: According to the ohchr the number of femicide victims in 1918
and '19 was 48 and the same total in 2020.
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: something is 'fishy' about these numbers.
ohchr or not I simply do not trust i.e. believe the 'numbers' also
because for women's sake we are talking about lives lost and as an act
Review of Cases of Femicide in the
Western Balkans Region
2020 Baseline Report
United Women Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in cooperation with
National Albanian Women’s
Empowerment Network and Gender Alliance for Development Centre
(Albania), Kosovo Women’s
Network (Kosovo), Network against Violence against Women (North
Macedonia), Women's right centre Montenegro and and Autonomous Women’s
Click here to read the full report:
Specifically about the femicides in Serbia:
Autonomous Women's Center, BelgradeReport written by:
FEMICIDE – MURDERS OF WOMEN IN SERBIA
Quantity and narrative report from January 1st to December 31st 2020
Read more here:
24 Nov 2020
Joyce Brekelmans - Hasna El Maroudi
<< IN THE NETHERLANDS A WOMAN DIES EVERY 10 DAYS AS A RESULT OF DOMESTIC
The Netherlands has a femicide problem. We often see femicide as a
problem of distant countries with a 'macho culture'. But also in the
Netherlands women are murdered by their (ex-) partners. More often than
you might think. 'Every ten days a woman dies here as a result of
<It felt like I was a fraud. On the one hand I set up a feminist
collective, on the other I was beaten up.> Experience expert and founder
of the platform Pisswife Tessel ten Zweege (21) explains why she never
reported her. <I was very ashamed because I had become a victim. He had
been in contact with the police before, but he didn't care. So I also
knew that a restraining order wouldn't help. Control over me was more
important to him. I think that in the months that he was with me I
always feared for my life.> That fear does not come out of the blue.
Every day, according to the United Nations (UN), an average of 137 women
are killed worldwide by a family member, partner or ex-partner. It is a
conservative estimate, because by no means all murders are counted.
Moreover, many countries do not keep track of the relationship between
the victim and the murderer at all. The UN therefore speaks of 'the tip
of the iceberg'.
<THE NETHERLANDS HAS PER HEAD OF THE POPULATION MORE FEMICID CASES THAN
SPAIN OR ITALY>>
Read more here:
Note by Gino d'Artali: The article is in Dutch of which the above quote
is translated by me. Still, if you master Dutch or have a link to an
online automatic translater website it is worthwhile the effort and
By Rosie Blunt
7 September 2019
<<Femicide: The murders giving Europe a wake-up call.
On 1 September, a resident of Cagnes-sur-Mer in the south of France
spotted a foot sticking out from a pile of rubbish, branches and an old
It was the disfigured body of a woman, the victim of a brutal attack.
Her partner denies her murder.
Salomé, 21, could be France's 100th victim this year of "femicide" -
usually defined as the murder of a woman by a partner, ex-partner or
family member. The day after Salomé's body was found, a 92-year-old
woman was caned to death by her 94-year-old husband.
Within hours, the French government announced a raft of measures to
protect women from domestic violence. Other European countries have
already reacted to a crime that knows no borders or social class, but
the picture across the continent is mixed.
President Emmanuel Macron launched the French campaign at a national
domestic violence hotline centre, but received a reality check when he
listened in on a call.
A woman, who had endured decades of abuse from her violent husband, had
finally built up the courage to leave him. She had asked a police
officer to accompany her home so she could collect some belongings, but
the officer refused, insisting he needed a judicial order to intervene.
He was wrong, but the helpline had no legal authority and the operator
could only direct the victim to a support group.
President Macron shook his head in frustration. <Does that happen
often?> he asked the operator. <Oh yes,> she responded, <More and more.>
Homicides by intimate partners are overwhelmingly committed by men
against women. According to the most recent figures of such murders, the
French rate is far from the highest in the EU.>>
Read more here:
Photo: Candles, shoes and banners sit on the ground at a protest camp
set up by women who are holding a demonstration to show opposition to
gender-based violence in Madrid [Sergio Barrenechea/EPA]
42 femicides. For more info read more here:
The Christian science monitor
By Colette Davidson Correspondent
14 July 2021
<<Gender-based murder stats differ starkly in France and Spain. Why?
Ana Bella Estévez had survived years of verbal, physical, and mental
abuse at the hands of her husband when one night, he asked her to sign a
document that said she wouldn’t divorce him even if he continued to hit
her. That was when everything changed for her. <I went to a center for
women’s information just to see if I could get out of my marriage. A
woman asked me questions like does your husband yell at you? Yes. Does
he throw things at you? Yes,> says Ms. Estévez. <It’s incredible,
surrealistic, but until then I never realized I was a victim of domestic
violence.> Ms. Estévez drove to a shelter in nearby Sevilla with her
four children and never looked back. Now, 20 years later, she is
fighting against domestic violence in Spain with her Fundación Ana
Bella, a women’s network of 16,000 members around the world that
connects survivors with those undergoing abuse. Her organization and
others, alongside government initiatives, have helped make Spain one of
the leaders in tackling gender-based violence, particularly by reducing
gender-based murders over the past decade. But where Spain has succeeded
in decreasing gender-based murders, neighboring France has struggled.
Since the beginning of the year, the country has counted 58 femicides,
or murders of women based on their gender, one of the highest tallies in
Western Europe. The stark difference in statistics – Spain has recorded
24 femicides so far this year, according to the government – is waking
up French officials and activists to what needs to be done to respond to
domestic violence calls, and what France might learn from its Iberian
neighbor. <In Spain, they’ve developed a complete system, from education
to protection to legal punishment,> says Fatima Benomar, co-founder of
French feminist group Les Effronté-es, which works to advance women’s
rights. <In France, the majority of cases are thrown out. Not enough
people are educated about domestic violence from early on. But at least
the issue is no longer buried in the middle of the newspaper now. We’re
starting to talk about it more and more.>
Spain’s wake-up call to domestic violence came in 1997 when Ana Orantes,
an Andalusian woman in her 60s, appeared on television to denounce the
violence she’d endured at the hands of her husband for 40 years. Two
weeks later, she was found murdered in her garden – set on fire by her
husband. The case shocked the nation, and in 2004, Spain adopted a
comprehensive law on intimate partner violence that implemented a range
of measures involving cooperation between law enforcement, health
services, and legal counsel. It also created a special court dedicated
to fast-track cases of domestic violence. It has helped bring down the
number of women killed annually by their partners or ex-partners from a
peak of 76 in 2007 to 45 in 2020. But neighboring France has seen its
own numbers stagnate over the same period – 166 women were killed by
their partners in 2012 and 146 in 2019. That prompted the government to
hold a national forum on domestic violence at the end of 2019, which led
to a series of measures including electronic bracelets to alert women
when abusers are nearby and expulsion orders to force violent partners
out of the home.>>
Read more here:
Agence France-Presse in Madrid
24 May 2021
<<Spain PM decries domestic violence surge after five women killed in a
The Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has denounced as
<unacceptable> a surge in domestic violence in which five women were
killed in the past week by their partners or ex-partners. Among the
victims was a 42-year-old Barcelona woman who was stabbed to death by
her husband who then killed himself, and a pregnant Moroccan woman who
was killed by her partner, who called police to confess. Their deaths
bring to 14 the number of women killed in Spain so far this year by
their partner or former partner, and to 1,092 the total number killed
since the government started keeping a tally in 2003. <It is a hard
reality, an unacceptable reality,> Sanchez said, denouncing the
<cruelty> of the five deaths. <Spain unfortunately suffers a misogynist
scourge, which means there are men who kill women for being women. We
can’t look the other way while day after day these murders happen, we
must not feel oblivious to pain and fear felt by thousands of women in
our country.> Campaigners attribute the increase in killings to the
easing of coronavirus restrictions since the end of a state of emergency
on 9 May. Women are at greater risk of physical violence from an abusive
partner when they attempt to leave and this was probably happening more
often now that curbs on movement have been lifted, they say.
Spanish politicians have pursued successive programmes to address
domestic violence since 1997, when 60-year-old Ana Orantes was beaten,
thrown over a balcony and then burned to death by her ex-husband after
repeatedly complaining to authorities about his violent behaviour.
Spain’s parliament in 2004 overwhelmingly approved Europe’s first law to
specifically crack down on gender-based violence.>>
Read more here:
By Lucia Benavides
5 Apr 2017
<<Murdered for being women: Spain tackles femicide rates
Women are protesting as rates of violence against them rise, forcing the
government to act.
Madrid, Spain – Hours before Ana Gomez was murdered by her husband, she
had been sent home by the local women’s shelter in Lugo, Galicia. She
was told by workers there to ask for a divorce, but when she confronted
29-year-old Jose Manual Carballo on February 11, 2016, he refused to let
her leave. He took a shotgun and killed her, later turning himself in to
the authorities. Gomez’s two children from a previous relationship, a
16- and 17-year-old, were present at the time of the murder – the
youngest was wounded by a bullet that went through Gomez. Today, the two
brothers are under the custody of their aunt, Martina Gomez, 48. She
says the system failed to protect her sister, who was 40 at the time of
<Professionally trained people should know how to detect a dangerous
situation,> said Martina. <They should have never let her return home
A bad year for women
This year started out with some of the worst figures of gender-related
murders in Spain since 2008: as of March 2, according to official
records, 16 women had been killed at the hands of partners or
ex-partners. And the public outcry echoes these figures. Seven women
from the Asociación Vel-la Luz, a Galicia-based organisation working
with domestic violence survivors, organised a 25-day hunger strike in
Madrid’s Puerta del Sol that started on February 7. For International
Women’s Day on March 8, millions of women marched in cities across
Spain, demanding an end to gender violence.
<The situation is getting worse,> said Gloria Vazquez, president of Vel-la
Luz, who claims that one woman is murdered every three days in Spain as
a result of gender violence. <There may be other countries with worse
figures, but we’re tired of having to stand for ‘not as bad’. We want
the best situation.> Their hard work paid off: as of early March, the
Spanish central government has put into action a bipartisan
sub-commission, which will bring together and hear input from
politicians, activists, domestic violence survivors, judges, police
officers and the community at large on how to combat gender violence.
Their goal is to make the issue a government priority, revising an
existing domestic violence law and discussing how to use state funds
more efficiently. The government will also hold a bi-monthly panel
discussion, in which Vel-la Luz will take part, examining the 25
measures that the organisation presented as part of their protest. <We
were able to open up channels that weren’t there before,> said Vazquez.
<We have a voice in the Senate now.>
‘Murdered for being women’
The issue of femicide in Spain – defined as the killing of a woman by a
man on account of her gender – isn’t new. In 2004, the Spanish
government passed a law intended to reduce domestic violence cases,
establishing a network of courts specialising in the matter and
funnelling funds into programmes aimed at supporting survivors. But
while the law was initially regarded as exemplary, activists say it
falls short. Since then, 796 women have been killed as a result of
gender violence – although many claim the number is actually much
higher, as the law takes into account only murders committed by partners
or ex-partners. <We need legislation that really addresses femicide,
that really gives it the importance it needs,> said Isabel Muntane,
director of the Master’s Program on Gender and Communication at the
Autonomous University of Barcelona.
<Women are being murdered for being women, and it seems that society is
immune to these murders. We always say that if it were football players
being murdered, there would be a social revolution.> >>
Read more here:
10 Nov 2021
Rights and freedom is supported by
Ruth Michaelson and Maria Sidiropoulou in Athens
<<Lax punishments, police inaction and inadequate laws serve to embolden
abusers, say campaigners – and stark figures bear them out
Greek minister urges victims to ‘speak up’ amid wave of domestic
When a woman reported domestic violence in her building in the Athens
suburb of Dafni in July, it took 25 minutes for the police to arrive.
All the neighbours could hear Anisa’s husband abusing her but the police
officers did not bother to get out of the patrol car. <They just rolled
down their car windows and left,> Anisa’s neighbour angrily wrote on
Facebook that evening. <No stress, guys. Television only cares about the
bodies. So when he kills her, I’ll tell a television channel to call
you.> Less than three weeks later, Anisa was dead, murdered by her
husband. Neither can be named in full as the case has yet to reach
trial. In a statement to police, the perpetrator described how he was
overcome with jealousy after Anisa allegedly cheated on him. “I took the
knife with my right hand and entered her room. She was sleeping, and I
rushed to her and lay on her, stabbing her with the knife in her neck,”
he said. He later retracted his claim that Anisa was asleep when he
killed her. <He finally killed her. That’s all I have to say,> their
neighbour wrote on Facebook after the murder. At the time, Anisa’s
murder was the sixth femicide in Greece this year. Since then, at least
another six women across the country have been murdered by their
partners or ex-partners. Feminist groups estimate that at least one
woman in Greece dies at the hands of a man each month, often their
partner or ex-partner. Of the 11 victims of femicide so far this year,
two had previously tried to report their attacker for domestic violence
before they were murdered, but none of the men had been charged or
convicted. A third woman in the coastal city of Volos was in the process
of trying to obtain a restraining order when she was stabbed to death by
her ex-husband. The spate of femicides throughout this year have shone a
spotlight on police failings when it comes to combatting violence
against women, including accusations from victims’ families that
statements from officials acted as a blueprint for would-be attackers on
how to kill with impunity. Lawyers and campaigners also point to clauses
in the Greek penal code that they say enable a culture of impunity
around violence against women. These allow reduced sentences for those
accused of homicide if they were “provoked” or the crime was committed
in a rage – often referred to as a <crime of passion> – or if the
accused displayed good behaviour before the incident and showed guilt
afterwards. They say adding femicide as a motive to the penal code would
act as a vital counterweight, denying perpetrators the opportunity to
present themselves in court as innocent men suddenly overcome by emotion
that justified murder.
In 2020 the number of offences related to domestic violence in Greece
was more than three times greater than in 2010. Ioanna Panagopoulou, a
lawyer who represents the families of several victims of femicide, says:
<No one in my entire career has ever taken full responsibility,
confessing they planned the murder exactly as it happened. They try to
make excuses and say it was a crime of passion or something else so they
get a lesser sentence.> >>
Read more here:
Stockholm center For Freedom (SCF)
July 12, 2021
<<Mother with 13-month-old detained in Istanbul over Gülen links.
Elif Çadirci, a mathematics teacher and mother of 13-month-old Melek Gül,
was detained on Friday over alleged links to the Gülen movement and sent
to Tokat for interrogation, a city located some 780 kilometers from
where she was detained.
According to Bold Medya, Çadirci was detained as part of an
investigation launched by the Tokat Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and
transferred there for further questioning.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been targeting followers of
the Gülen movement since the corruption investigations of December
17-25, 2013, which implicated then-Prime Minister Erdogan, his family
members and his inner circle.
Dismissing the investigations as a Gülenist coup and conspiracy against
his government, Erdogan designated the movement as a terrorist
organization and began to target its members. Erdogan intensified the
crackdown on the movement following a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that
he accused Gülen of masterminding. Gülen and the movement strongly deny
involvement in the abortive putsch or any terrorist activity.
The detention and arrest of pregnant women and mothers with young
children have dramatically increased in Turkey in the aftermath of the
According to a report released by Sezgin Tanrikulu, a human rights
activist and deputy from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP),
there are currently 3,000 children locked up with their mothers, 800 of
whom are below the age of three.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said in a statement on February
20 that a total of 622,646 people have been the subject of investigation
and 301,932 have been detained, while 96,000 others have been jailed due
to alleged links to the Gülen movement since the failed coup. The
minister said there are currently 25,467 people in Turkey’s prisons who
were jailed on alleged links to the movement.>>
Read more here:
Note from Gino d'Artali: I can almost hear you thinking: 'This is about
politics! Surprise surprise: wherever in the world femicides takes place
I daresay it are the politicians who are co-predators!!
1 July 2021
By Liz Cookman
<<Turkey women protest withdrawal from gender protection treaty.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has annulled Turkey’s ratification of the
<<Istanbul, Turkey – Turkey officially withdrew on Thursday from the
Istanbul Convention, an international treaty to prevent gender-based
violence, as activists pledged to continue to fight as more women than
ever before are demanding their rights are protected.
Protests took place around the country and were planned again over the
weekend as an appeal against the withdrawal from opposition parties was
rejected by the Council of State on Tuesday.
Demonstrators clashed with police who fired tear gas in Istanbul.
The move comes after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a midnight
decree on March 20 that annulled Turkey’s ratification of the
convention, legislation designed to protect women signed by 45 countries
and the European Union in 2011.
Turkey was the first country to sign the Council of Europe treaty during
a summit held in Istanbul, and it is the first to pull out 10 years
The retreat has drawn blanket condemnation from around the world and
sparked months of nationwide protests in a country where domestic
violence is prevalent, with at least 300 femicides and 171 suspicious
female deaths recorded last year by monitoring groups.
Despite the loss of an important battle for rights campaigners, more
women than ever before are talking about the Istanbul Convention and
have been motivated to take action to defend what it stands for.
We Will Stop Femicides, Turkey’s largest women’s rights group, says its
support has ballooned in recent years.
The platform keeps a record of femicide rates, supplies the media with
updates about ongoing court cases and offers legal support to bereaved
families or women who are suffering violence.
<The Istanbul Convention withdrawal will empower the perpetrators of
violence while making the victims more powerless. So we have to take on
the protection work that the authorities should do,> Gulsum Kav,
co-founder of the platform, told Al Jazeera.
The doctor-turned-activist was named by the BBC last year as one of the
100 most inspiring and influential women around the world.
Beginning as a handful of activists, the group was galvanised in the
wake of the brutal 2009 killing of Munevver Karabulut, a high school
pupil who was cut into pieces and left in a rubbish skip by her
<Back then, femicides were not called femicides, they were just referred
to as ‘murder’,” Kav said. > The media did not present femicide as a
shocking news story, but as a weekend magazine ‘real life story’<issue.>
The suspect for Karabulut’s death was the nephew of a wealthy
businessman and went uncaptured until he surrendered himself 197 days
later. Karabulut’s family said the Istanbul police chief at the time
blamed them for her killing, saying they should not have allowed her to
be out with a man at night.
The fledgeling activist group helped Karabulut’s family seek justice and
after that, they dedicated themselves to raising awareness about
gender-based violence and femicide.
<With modernisation and urbanisation our society is changing and women
are demanding their rights more than ever before,> said Kav. <Women are
changing, but men and conventional society are staying the same.
Addressing this difference in mindset is core to our activism.>
Turkey has been accused of backsliding on human rights in recent years,
especially for women, minorities and the LGBTQ community.
The communications directorate claimed the Istanbul Convention pullout
was due to the agreement being <hijacked by a group of people attempting
to normalise homosexuality>, saying this was <incompatible with Turkey’s
social and family value>.
While President Erdogan released his own action plan to combat violence
on Thursday, with objectives including preventive services and access to
justice, few are hopeful it will offer sufficient protection in a
society increasingly focused on religiously motivated traditions.>>
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10 May 2021
by Simone Sant
<<10 things you need to know about the Istanbul Convention on violence
The Istanbul Convention against gender-based and domestic violence marks
its tenth anniversary. We look at what it is, who its signatories are,
and what the future might hold.
The Istanbul Convention, or the Council of Europe Convention on
preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence,
turns 10 years old on 11th May. Having originated from the Council of
Europe in 2011, the Convention is the binding international treaty with
the widest scope to combat this serious form of human rights violation.
Its goals are to prevent violence, protect victims, and prosecute their
aggressors. Signatories are exhorted and monitored so that they adapt
their legislation to include all the new criminal offences defined by
the Convention, which cover psychological violence and violence due to
social constructs, in addition to physical violence.
The Convention seeks to pursue the goal of zero tolerance towards
gender-based violence and lays the groundwork for increasing awareness
and making women’s lives safer both within and outside of Europe’s
borders. Indeed, the treaty has been ratified by European Union member
states but also by countries outside of the Union, since the Council of
Europe counts 47 member states.
Unfortunately, however, the Convention is experiencing a rather
turbulent part of its life: one country, Turkey, has been the first to
withdraw from the agreement, and other members – like Poland and Hungary
– have, for some time now, given signals of having doubts and cold
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4 May 2021
by Camilla Soldati
<<European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reminded us of the
gravity of violence against women around the world, and of the Istanbul
Convention’s utmost importance.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, during a plenary
session of the European Parliament on 26th April, spoke about the
incident that took place during her visit to Turkey alongside European
Council President Charles Michel. When the two arrived at a meeting with
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, von der Leyen was left without a
chair. She believes this wasn’t an issue of planning or protocol, but a
All countries should ratify the Istanbul Convention
Von der Leyen used the incident to bring light to what happens to women
all over the world every day: discrimination, violence, and a lack of
equal treatment. Unfortunately, however, too many episodes of violence –
psychological or physical – are not reported, so nothing is done about
them. For this reason, von der Leyen highlighted the importance of the
Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe treaty to combat and prevent
violence against women and domestic violence, which was opened for
signature ten years ago, on 11th May 2011.
Given the critical women’s rights situation in certain countries, some
of which (like Turkey) have even withdrawn from the Convention, or are
thinking of doing so (like Poland). Von der Leyen stated that all
European countries’ adhesion to this binding international treaty
remains a priority for the Union and that laws will be put forth to
expand the list of crimes – like hate crimes – so that any form of
violence is prevented, condemned, and prosecuted.>>
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SCF Stockholm Center for Freedom
April 12 2021
<<Turkish Interior minister claims number of femicides declined in first
quarter of 2021.
As Turkey receives growing criticism for withdrawing from an
international treaty to combat domestic violence, Interior Minister
Süleyman Soylu has claimed the number of femicides in Turkey decreased
by 21 percent in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period
Speaking at a meeting on combating violence against women, Soylu said
55,231 women have faced violence during the same time period, the
state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
According to women activists the government doesn’t not provide the real
number of women killed and the official figures are not correct. They
previously called on authorities to be transparent about femicide
numbers if they are to effectively combat it.
A report released by the Stop the Murder of Women Platform showed that
28 women in Turkey were victims of fatal domestic violence and 19 others
were found dead under suspicious circumstances in March alone.
Activists started a new campaign in January against femicide in Turkey,
calling on authorities to be more effective in preventing femicide and
protecting women. As a first step, the activists demanded that the
government monitor exactly how many women are murdered annually.
According to a report previously published by Sezgin Tanrikulu, a human
rights defender and deputy from the Republican People’s Party (CHP),
nearly 7,000 women have been victims of femicide during the 18 years
that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been in power.
The report said one of the main reasons for the increase in deaths was
because women were not taken seriously by law enforcement when they
complained about violence. “Women go to the police and file a complaint
against their partners after a violent incident,” said the report.
“However, instead of taking the necessary legal steps against the
perpetrators, the authorities act as conciliators and try to reconcile
Hülya Atçi Nergis, a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development
Party (AKP), recently said in a controversial remark that women also
bear some guilt for male violence.>>
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DW made for minds
3 March 2021
<<How many femicides in Turkey are covered up as suicides?
Last year, 300 women were murdered in Turkey, according to a women's
rights organization. The number of unrecorded cases could be far higher
as femicides are often filed as suicides.
The gruesome murder of women is all too common in Turkey and news of
such crimes repeatedly shocks large parts of the country. The May 2018
murder of 23-year-old Ankara resident Sule Cet is one that has lodged
itself particularly deep in Turkey's collective memory: The young woman
was raped in the office by two drunken men, one of them her boss.
Afterward, she was tossed out of the window of the high-rise block. The
men told police that Cet had taken her own life — even though the
coroner had detected a broken neck, tears in the victim's anal region
and sedatives in her blood — evidence hardly consistent with suicide.
The trial lasted six months and was accompanied by demonstrations and
expressions of solidarity from women. The case was also followed with
great compassion on social media. The public pressure brought results,
with the court in Ankara sentencing the perpetrator to life in prison
and his accomplice to almost 19 years in jail.
Back then, women's rights groups hoped the attention the case attracted
would prompt a change in society — not just one supported by civil
society but by the Turkish judicial system as well.
Was Sule Cet's case an exception?
Unfortunately, not much seems to have changed since then, with several
new cases in which claims of suicide were used in an attempt to cover up
femicides. Most recently, the tragic death of 35-year-old Ayten Kaya
from the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir has made headlines.
Kaya was found strung up in her own home. Investigators concluded that
she had committed suicide. The state prosecutor's office closed the
But the woman's relatives do not accept that version of events. They
believe she was murdered and say the case file was full of holes and
The autopsy failed to record a time of death, for example. And her
entire body was covered with bruises — hardly consistent with death by
hanging. The autopsy also showed that the woman had three-day-old
hematomata on her body. Her husband, a seasonal farmworker, had been at
home exactly three days before. Yet, despite numerous objections, state
prosecutors decided against reopening the case.
Women's rights activists blame judiciary.
Lawyer Gurbet Gozde Engin is a member of the Diyarbakir branch of Rosa,
an association for women. She reports that four more women died under
similar circumstances during the weeks following Ayten Kaya's death and
says prosecutors refused to investigate them. "In cases where women have
died under circumstances in which suicide seems very doubtful, then it
must be possible to steer investigations in a different direction. It is
not just a crime to kill, it is also a crime to declare femicides to be
Hatice Coruk from the Kadin Kultur Evi Dernegi women's association
places blame on the entire justice system: "We have to be more
mistrustful whenever a femicide is classed as a suicide. It is
increasingly a cover for femicide." Leyla Soydinc from Mor Cati Kadin
Siginagi Vakfi, an Istanbul-based women's association, also sees a
structural problem. "In a justice system dominated by men, many of the
crimes committed [against women] go unpunished."
She says that men can feel certain they will be deemed innocent by the
justice system as soon as they frame femicide as a suicide. "To make an
ostensible suicide seem more plausible, the case file then says things
like 'wasn't in a good mood, had psychological problems.'"
300 femicides, 171 suspicious deaths
Social media campaigns on the subject and the determined action of
women's rights groups are putting the government and the judiciary under
more and more pressure. But both have hushed up this problem for a very
long time and until now it has been impossible to discern any real
political will to fight violence against women. That, despite the fact
that 300 femicides were recorded in 2020, according to figures published
by the organization called We Will Stop Femicides. The organization says
another 171 women were found dead under suspicious circumstances in
Turkey during that same time, some of those cases also included alleged
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