Sunday, December 10, 2006

Facinating study from Turkey on the lack of rights of its rural women

Some hi-lights from the study conducted by the Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Center for Women's Issues as reported in the Turkish Daily News:

80% of rural Turkish women are illiterate

16% had been traded like cattle for another woman

43% had born children before the age of 18

30% married before the age of 15

71% married by the age of 19

44% had given birth to 6 or more children

84.2% hadn’t graduated from primary school

99.6% hadn’t graduated from secondary school

45% live with their mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law or married children (perhaps because their husbands said, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you” and threw them out into the street without any support?)

6.4% said there had been an honor killing in their area

Tell me again, why is this culture equal to American culture?

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