Black Clouds over Turkish Women

Turkey’s strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has tightened his grip on power decisively after his ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) swept back to single-party government with an unexpectedly convincing win in national elections last Sunday. Women are terrified about these results. Under Erdogan’s rule, the Turkish government has been shrinking the rights of women, along with those of the media, minorities, and independent judges. The government has pushed legislation that restricts abortion, shifted programs from protecting women to supporting families, and changed the education system to promote Islamic teachings and encourage wearing the head scarf for girls as young as 10.