Strike against feminists: Erdogan upping the ante?

So the long talked about Istanbul Conservative Revolution has come true – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has withdrawn Turkey from the so-called Istanbul Convention by decree. Read about what this is and why it had to be done in our previous article on this topic (

Here’s an excerpt from the main part for those who haven’t read the whole article or don’t want/can read it: “So what is it about? At first glance, the full title of the document signed in Istanbul – the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence – suggests very laudable goals. Who would disagree with the need to combat violence against women in general and domestic violence in particular? These issues are also relevant in Turkey, and Kurtulmus, who called for Turkey’s withdrawal from this convention, emphasized that the fight against these phenomena will continue.

But the point is that a careful examination of this document reveals that some of its provisions go far beyond the scope of combating violence and domestic violence against women. Taken together, these provisions represent a broad ideology aimed at undermining the understanding of family values and gender relations rooted in both Islamic and Christian cultures. Accordingly, supporters of truly conservative Christian forces in Europe have long fought against the Istanbul Convention, just as representatives of Muslim forces in Turkey speak of its hostility to the values of the Turkish people.

In particular, this Convention contains statements that “violence against women is a manifestation of the historically unequal power relations between women and men, which has led to the domination and discrimination of women by men,” which is a distinctly feminist view. Based on these assumptions, participating countries are obligated to “take all necessary measures to bring about changes in the social and cultural patterns of behaviour of women and men with a view to eliminating prejudices, customs, traditions and all other practices based on the idea of the inferiority of women or on stereotyped ideas about the roles of women and men.

In other words, this convention essentially prescribes to fight against deeply ingrained cultural perceptions of masculinity and femininity and the roles that men and women play in the family and society, and to replace them with completely opposite principles. Moreover, these principles apply not only to relationships between men and women. The convention prescribes “taking the necessary steps to include educational material on issues such as gender equality, non-stereotypical gender roles,” including same-sex and transgender relationships – the so-called LGBT.

Of course, feminist and LGBT propaganda worldwide is currently trying to portray the matter as if the decision to withdraw Turkey from this convention deprives Turkish women of their rights and safety. But this is complete nonsense, as the application of this convention has shown that it has not helped solve the problem of violence against women. Feminists would argue that this is because the country still has a strong patriarchal mentality, and the convention is supposed to destroy it. But excuse me, isn’t that something along the lines of “a guillotine is the best remedy for a headache”? A significant, if not the majority, of these crimes are related to alcohol consumption – perhaps it would be better to ban alcohol then? Another source of these crimes is extramarital relations. So why not ban them to better protect women?

Moreover, from the point of view of conscious Muslims, the best means of preventing the lion’s share of these crimes is a proper Islamic education for both men and women, which will instill in them an understanding of what is permissible and what is forbidden, the limits of which should not be crossed. But no, liberal propagandists do not want to protect women from violence at all costs, because some methods of solving this problem are unacceptable to them. But why should it be done in a way that is unacceptable to the religious part of society? Muslims do not want this problem to be solved by implementing an ideology of gender equality or gender identity and the normalization of LGBT. Moreover, it is obvious that these methods do not allow us to achieve the goal of protecting women from violence.

Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, the deputy chairwoman of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), stated that instead of the annulled Istanbul Convention, Turkey will initiate the adoption of the Ankara Agreement, which is specifically aimed at protecting women from violence, but does not contain a corrupt ideology. In this regard, it should be recalled that Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced the beginning of the development and discussion of a new constitution for Turkey instead of the current one, which will serve as an example for the whole world in terms of guaranteeing human rights ( And the development of such a document (Ankara Agreement) together with the project of a new constitution can be seen as links in the same chain.

Meanwhile, as expected, Erdogan’s decision has not only been condemned by the feminized and sodomized establishment of the Western countries, but has also caused a storm of indignation among the Turkish feminists, who have been supported in this by all the “progressive” parties (CHP, HDP, İYİ Party) and even some moderate conservative parties (Gelecek Partisi, Deva Party), while the religious opposition party Saadet has approved this decision to the displeasure of its allies (

On the other hand, thousands of gender extremists are protesting in the streets against the country’s withdrawal from the so-called Istanbul Convention. Currently, the opposition is trying to catch and ride the wave. In addition to the withdrawal from the so-called Istanbul Convention, this includes the government-initiated ban on the HDP party – a cover for pseudo-Kurdish leftist terrorists – and the recent collapse of the lira following the dismissal of the head of the Central Bank, Naci Agbal.

However, Erdogan is clearly not stupid enough to simultaneously take unpopular actions that could lead to a collapse of the lira and withdraw from this agreement and begin the process of banning the HDP earlier. The point is that while economic problems objectively exist and undermine the government’s popularity among various strata of the population, the feminist-rainbow-left-radical-pseudo-Kurdish opposition is also objectively unpopular among the Turkish majority. And it would be more advantageous for Erdogan if the opposition were associated with forces alien to the national-conservative core of Turks than if it were represented by those who could mobilize the majority of the people.

For this reason, actions that mobilize left-wing extremist circles and make them, among others, the vanguard of the anti-Erdogan opposition can be a well-calculated move to neutralize this opposition. But the risks should not be underestimated. Both economic and political turbulence in Turkey will objectively increase, which those who openly declare their plans to overthrow President Erdogan, such as US President Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron, will try to exploit. The truth is that these countries themselves face equally serious problems that are causing polarization in their societies. Therefore, the question of who will benefit from the expulsion of whom remains open.

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