Call from Istanbul Women’s Assembly: We are stronger, if you are with us

ISTANBUL- Fidan Ataselim, from Istanbul Women’s Assembly, called on women and said “I invite all women to join Istanbul Women’s Assembly to tell their thoughts and to take and perform decisions together. We are stronger, if you are with us..”

The women saying “ Don’t mess my outfit” gathered in Istanbul’s Maçka Democracy Park last Saturday. The women organized a forum during the protest participated by 200 women and they founded Istanbul Women’s Assembly. Expressing that the issues such as the bill giving muftis or religious officials authority to perform marriages, violence against women, sexual assault, sexual abuse against children and the changings in education is on their agenda, Fidan Ataselim from assembly said: “ As we spoke at the meeting, the assembly’s aims are as follows; The attacks on women by using the excuse their clothes continue, we will continue to fight against the attacks together in solidarity.”

‘The struggle will continue for all issues’

Fidan highlighted that the women participating in the assembly are different, and she continued as follows: “Istanbul Women’s Assembly brought all issues to the table to fight against them.” Stating that the assembly not only came together just for choth issue and marching but also for fight against all difficulties that women may face. Fidan continued as follows: “ Women’s movement needs a new platform. Why doesn’t the Istanbul Women’s Assembly become the one and the most important one of these? Our working will be like this; there won’t a dialogue through the organizations in the assembly. Every woman will be the member of assembly by expressing herself.The agendas will be set up together and each woman will make a contact among equals she is a subject in.”

‘Threat risk for women and children’

Saying that as the assembly, they talked about they would stand firm against the bill giving muftis or religious officials authority to perform marriages, Fidan stated, “This bill is a big threat risk for the society, particularly for women and children.” Pointing out that they are facing with a regime change, Fidan stated they would follow an integrative politics for that reason. Fidan draw attention on fact that the women and children become target during the construction of a regime just like during a war process, and that the current government will mess the women and then the education system by using their authority.

‘He gathers all authories in one hand’

Underlining that seeing the issue connection with secularism is needed, Fidan said, “We need to be aware of the big danger that we may face later. They put the bill giving muftis or religious officials authority to perform marriages in front of us and they say us ‘ The priests also perform marriages in churches.’ In our country has been in the crisis of the presidency since the president was elected for the first time. As elected president, he has taken all powers and said “I carry out de facto presidency system actually, we should find a formal cover” and then we had a referendum.”

‘These are the steps to put the religious law into practice’

Pointing out that so many women’s rights will be taken away and the civil law will be ignored, Fidan said that the bill pardoning the rapists if they marry children subjected to rape would be put on the agenda again. Fidan continued as follows: “ From this aspect, giving the religious officials authority to perform marriages means a religious system to be put into practice. These are the steps to put the religious law into practice.”

‘ We are stronger, If you are with us’

Stating that all women must take part in the Istanbul Women’s Assembly, Fidan said, “I invite all women to take part in the assembly to tell their thoughts and to take and perform decisions together. We are stronger, if you are with us.