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“ONE IS NOT BORN, BUT RATHER BECOMES A WOMAN”






“ONE IS NOT BORN, BUT RATHER BECOMES A WOMAN”
Simone de Beauvoir
After the brutal murder of Özgecan Aslan, who was not born a woman but became one, in Tarsus we have all begun to re-question ourselves and the society we live in and throughout Turkey people of all ages took to the streets. We all have the same questions in mind: where did we go wrong, what is happening to us and more important, can Özgecan’s murder be a turning point?
When will we question the patriarchal system?
Turkey has been experiencing and talking about the murder of women since the early 2000s. Violence against women has become more visible and more talked about through the laudable efforts of women’s organisations and this has been effective in more people hearing about the violence. It is clear that there is a need for a mental transformation and the questioning of the patriarchal system in a country in which 45 women were recorded to have been killed in the still early days of 2015.
By Gülsün Bilgehan
*24th Session of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, MP for Ankara (People’s Republican Party)
President of the Commission on Equality and Prevention of Discrimination
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
You can read the rest of the article on our issue of March