To all women fighters in Turkey: your struggle is our
We closely follow your
inspiring uprising against AKP regime every night. As you challenge the running
dog of this anti-woman regime, our hearts beat with happiness and at the same
time with the worries.
We are convinced that
the women in Turkey do not and will not tolerate this regime. Everybody knows
that in the last ten years from the time that the AKP has been ruling Turkey,
the number of women who have been killed by men has increased 14 times. AKP and
its American sponsored have done everything to portray it as a regime that has
been able to satisfy the majority of the people in Turkey by combining
“democracy” with “moderate Islam”. The
people’s uprising in Turkey has put an end to this myth
and showed how deceitful it is. What Erdogan’s
“democracy” has meant for women in Turkey is to use Islamic hejab
in work places and in the universities and his
“moderate Islam” has meant to trample the most basic rights of women’s such
as right to abortion and gradual enforcement
of religious morality in Turkey.
You are aware that
since 1979 an Islamic regime under Khomeini leadership has been ruling in Iran.
But many of you might not know that this dark minded oppressor and suppressor
force has had nothing less than Shah’s regime (the dictator who ruled the Iran
before Islamic regime seize the power in Iran in February 1979) to oppress and
exploit the people in Iran and even more than Shah’s regime has integrated the
economy of the country into the network of imperialists world capital and has
made it more dependent to that. Islamic regime in Iran has claimed that is an
anti-imperialist’s regime but its “anti-imperialism” has proved to be an ugly
and reactionary phenomena that was expressed in enforcing Islamic hejab and Sharia law on women and creating a religious
Tayeb Erdogan’s regime is no different in nature from
other Turkey’s Kemalist regim,
however by its Islam-isation of the he has
intensified all oppressive and exploitive character of the state (in which the
control of body and mind of women is at its centre)
Last year in June Erdogan gave a speech against abortion and Caesarean, he
also spoke hostile against women who don’t want any child or who want fewer
children. He said abortion is against
the women’s value in the Turkish society and for Turkey to achieve the glory of
its ‘past’ the women’s traditional role should be consolidated. He said what is
all about a woman is being a mother otherwise there is nothing sacred about
her. He meant under his rule women without being a mother has no social value.
He added that the women who don’t reproduce are collaborating with the enemies
of Turkey and every woman should give birth to 3 children. With this speech he
made it clear that he has attempted to plan for and control the women’s lives
completely. He also changed the name of Ministry of women and family to the
“Ministry of family and social policies”. Ankara’s Mayor in a television speech
followed his boss and insulted women, he said that women who want to abort
their foetus is better to committee suicide, because their lives worth less
than the foetus. The Grand Imam of Turkey, Mehmet Gormez
said that women have no rights on their own body because they are only a pipe
created by god to produce children. (Hurriyet, 4 th June 2012).
Intensification of patriarchal and male chauvinism is an
international phenomenon. Capitalism needs it in all quarters of the world.
Intensification of anti-woman-ism in the Middle East is provided through establishment
of Islamic rule which dependent on world capitalist system. Therefore the
spread of Islamism and anti-woman-ism and rapid developments of capitalist
globalisation are part and parcel of the same necessity. In front of such all
rounded assaults, women in the Middle East and the world must form the
revolutionary and Internationalist movement, a movement where the emancipation
of women is one of its immediate aims. One of the most important realities of
our time is that the movement for the emancipation of women can play a huge
role in revolutionary changes of different society and all the world. It must
do so, because humanity urgently needs it.
We have seen a glimpse of this reality in street battles
in Turkey, we hope that this resistances and struggles could turn into a movement for revolution, for the overthrow of
old social order and establishment of a new society, with new social relations
where the liberation of women as its shining path.
We are certain that revolutionary women in Turkey will
challenge the Erdogan’s regime because of its anti-woman-ism,
reactionary interventions in Syria, murdering PKK women’s activists in Paris
and their dirty plans regarding Kurdish questions, rapid expansion of neo liberalist
capitalism and the destruction of ecology.
Revolutionary women will settle the account against these huge crimes
committed by the Turkish regime.
Break the chains,
Bring into motion women’s force, like a roaring river for making revolution!
international Solidarity of Women in the Middle East and the world!
No to Islamic
Republic and no to imperialist’s intervention in Iran!
No to AKP –ism, No
to Kemal-ism in Turkey!
8 March Women’s
organisation (Iran- Afghanistan)