March 8, International Women’s Day, became the symbol of the fight for equality, independence, freedom, elimination of political and economic injustices, ending sexual discrimination, preventing all forms of violence against women, and providing decent living and working conditions befitting human dignity.
Thanks to this, women are not exposed to any discrimination in many countries today. However, this struggle is still needed in many countries for women to take part in the social, economic and political arena.
We believe that men and women will build the earth together in mutual justice and equity, and we strive for this. Now is the time to remember this responsibility again! If a woman is happy in a society, there is peace, trust and life.
Today, there are many women all over the world who are in the middle of war with their children. They must leave their homelands to avoid being sentenced to death or thrown into prisons because of the injustice they have suffered.
Civil wars, ethnic conflicts, oppressive regimes, protection of human rights, fear of life safety, political stability and economic reasons have forced people to leave their countries in recent years. The international community is facing a rare migration crisis. Today, there are approximately 300 million immigrants and over 103 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. Of the 103 million displaced people, 42 million (41%) are children under the age of 18. This number is increasing day by day due to reasons such as civil wars, terrorist attacks, soldiers, famine and political sanctions as well as economic reasons.
There is a sad story behind the issue that we generalize as the refugee problem or the immigrant problem. Unfortunately, these journeys of hope often result in death and disaster. Only in the last 7 years, 20,000 people, mostly women and children, fell victim to raging waves in the Mediterranean Sea or lost their lives in the hellish heat of the Sahara Desert.
The war in Ukraine is a crisis for women and girls. One year has passed on February 24, 2023, since Russia’s attempt to invade Ukraine. In the last 12 months, the conflict has inflicted indescribable suffering on the Ukrainian people, claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions. It is estimated that more than 8 million Ukrainians have fled abroad, about 6.5 million Ukrainians are displaced within Ukraine, and an estimated half of children in Ukraine are forced to leave their homes.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban administration practices strict gender discrimination. It prohibits women from working outside the home, prohibits girls from receiving education after the age of 6, and denies women’s social, economic and cultural rights, as well as their right to political participation.
It has been 12 years since the war that started in 2011 when 15 students wrote graffiti to protest the Syrian government. In 2011, the Syrian population was 22.7 million. More than half of these people had to leave their homes, cities and countries, while more than 400,000 people died in the war. According to the report of Doctors Without Borders organization, it is stated that one out of every three people injured or killed in the war is a woman or a child.
After the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in custody on September 16, demonstrations broke out against the Iranian regime. Iranian authorities launched an execution spree that killed at least 251 people between January 1 and June 30, 2022, according to research by the Center for Human Rights and Amnesty International. In a press release published on January 10, 2023, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk noted that “criminal prosecutions and the death penalty were used by the Iranian Government to punish those who participated in the protests and intimidate the public.”
China is accused of committing crimes against humanity and committing genocide against the Uighurs and other ethnic groups in the Xinjiang region. Human rights groups say China has detained more than 1 million Uighurs against their will in what has been called a “re-education camp” and sentenced hundreds of thousands to prison in recent years. It is known that China routinely uses armed personnel in these camps and imposes hit-and-kill orders for those trying to escape. The stories of many women who were tortured and raped in these camps were featured on television channels.
After the 15 July 2016 military coup attempt in Turkey, 2.2 million people were accused of being members of a terrorist organization. 125 thousand public employees were fired from their jobs. 4141 people were tortured. 8 million people, including their families, became victims. Since 15 July 2016, 118,000 people have been sentenced to prison and 19,000 of them are still in. Daily activities such as holding an account in a bank affiliated with the Gülen movement and depositing money in that bank account, working in any institution affiliated with the Gülen movement, or subscri