Turkey not alone in inability to protect women from violence – DW

A recent murder of a Turkish woman by her ex-husband in broad daylight put in the spotlight the inability of the Turkish government to implement the numerous measures to protect women from violence, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

However, femicide and violence against women is not only a problem facing Turkey, it said.

Thirty-eight-year-old Emine Bulut was killed by her ex-husband Fedai Baran on Aug. 18 in Turkey’s central province of Kırıkkale. Baran stabbed his ex-wife numerous times in front of people at the cafe, including his own daughter. The couple had been divorced for years. A video showing the aftermath of the slaughter went viral shortly thereafter, has created an immense public outcry.

Bulut was just one of several hundreds of victims in Turkey — per year, Deutsche Welle said, noting that  in July alone, at least 31 women were killed in Turkey, bringing the total for this year to more than 250, according to the NGO Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu (We Will Stop Femicide Platform).

Another 440 women were victims of violence this year. 

Recalling that Turkey - along with 47 member states - has ratified the Council of Europe's 2011 Istanbul Convention, which aims to prevent and combat violence against women, the article said the country is not alone in its inability to fulfil all of the convention’s conditions.

Nearly 150 women were killed within one year by their partners or former partners in Germany, Deutsche Welle said, adding that women's shelters regularly turn away women seeking protection, citing inadequate facilities and funding.

One third of all women undergo physical and/or sexual violence, most cases of which involve their husbands or partners, according to a EU-wide study. Only one-third of those women go to the police or an aid organisation to seek help.