ATATÜRKCU Society UK (ASUK) held a zoom panel on “Being a Woman in Turkey” on Saturday, February 19, on the 96th anniversary of the adoption of the Turkish Civil Code.
The online panel organized by ASUK included, guest speakers and artists attending the event are as follows: academic Önay Alpaço, president of the Turkish lawyer women’s association, Sureyya Turan and artist Banu Karaca.
Drawing historical framework by comparing the shaping of Turkish women’s rights and status with the preferences of the state they live in, starting with the Hittites, the Ottoman state, the beginning of the Republic, and today Alpaço said: “With the Republic, women first became visible, then became human, then became a citizen, then became an equal citizen, and the most important of the Republican revolutions were made on women’s rights.”
Turan, on the other hand, comprehensively explained the historical process of women’s rights in the world, the gains that come with the civil law, gender inequality, what are the Istanbul Convention and its importance, and finally the importance of the current issue of alimony.
ASUK President Jale Özer made a statement saying: “Both of our speakers once again underlined that Atatürk’s road map in the light of reason and science is the only way of salvation for Turkey. They gave us hope and light that we will get through these difficult days by protecting their achievements. We sincerely thank them for providing an informative evening and for their support and contribution to ASUK. We are very lucky to have such values.”