Causes and consequences of violence against women and women killings (femicide) in Turkey have been voiced repeatedly by women’s organizations for many years. The Emergency Measures Coalition Against Femicide and Violence comprised of 124 women’s organization, has been demanding that the Turkish Parliament take urgent action against male violence resulting from patriarchy, inequalities in practice and everyday life, and all kinds of discrimination against women since July 2014. After years of struggle and calls to action (by the women’s movement) Parliament finally set up a commission called “Parliamentary Research Commission to Explore the Causes of Violence Against Women in order to Determine the Necessary Measures for Prevention.”
However, to our great dismay, the commission’s first steps have led to great disillusionment. The vast majority of independent women’s groups, who have been working relentless in the field of violence for years, were not invited and excluded from the meeting of NGOs planned to take place on 5th February 2015 in Ankara. Thus, the commission has made it clear from the start that it is only willing to work with NGOs who share the government’s political views, rather than working with organizations who have expertise in this field.