In a recent summary report of their campaign for an effective implementation of the National Action Plan to combat violence against women Roj Women explain why they believe the Turkish Plan is failing to deliver its goals.
In South East Turkey 1 out of 2 women are victims of violence against women. The national average is 39%. In a context of social and economic development neglect, pervasive patriarchal attitudes and militarization all contribute to high rates of violence against women in the region.
Overall, the legal and policy framework guaranteeing women’s rights and gender equality is broadly in place in Turkey. The National Action Plan to combat violence against women is the most important measure among them.
The 3€ million budget allocated by the EU to tackle domestic violence produced the tools, the Action Plan among them, to help the Government in its efforts towards gender equality; thus, the responsibility to allocate funds for the implementation of the plan lies with the Turkish Government. Enforcement mechanisms so that legislation is implemented consistently across the country are scarce. Abundant evidence and cases in the last months are proof that measures envisioned in the Action Plan are not in place.