Turkey's President Erdogan: Men and Women Not Equal

 
Turkey's President Erdogan: Men and Women Not Equal
Turkey's president has declared women are unequal to men in his latest controversial comments on women's rights.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said putting men and women on an equal footing was "against human nature".

"They were created differently. Their nature is different. Their constitution is different," he told a summit on women and justice in Istanbul, attended by his daughter Sumeyye.

"You cannot get women to do every kind of work men can do, as in Communist regimes.

"You cannot tell them to go out and dig the soil. This is against their delicate nature."

He went on to explain that feminists should instead appreciate the special status Islam attributes to mothers.

"Our religion has defined a position for women (in society): motherhood," Mr Erdogan said.

"Some people can understand this, while others can't. You cannot explain this to feminists because they don't not accept the concept of motherhood.

"I would kiss my mother's feet because they smelled of paradise. She would glance coyly and cry sometimes.

"Motherhood is something else."

It is not the first time Mr Erdogan's comments have raised concerns over his stance on women's rights in Turkey.

The president has previously declared that every woman in Turkey should have three children and proposed limitations on abortion rights and the morning-after pill.

In August, he criticised a female journalist, telling her she should "know her place".

Earlier this month, Mr Erdogan also raised eyebrows when he claimed that Muslims arrived in the Americas before Christopher Columbus.

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