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Turkish president vows to pursue violence against women

International Women's Day event dedicated to memory of Ozgecan Aslan, the 20-year-old student whose recent murder outraged Turkey.
International Women’s Day event dedicated to memory of Ozgecan Aslan, the 20-year-old student whose recent murder outraged Turkey.

(AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his “full support” for ending violence against women on Sunday in commemoration of the International Women’s Day in Istanbul.

“I would like to announce to whole world that, as the president, I stand by every effort to combat violence against women,” Erdogan said.

He said that he would resolutely pursue the issue, and promised to set up a team within the presidency on the matter.

The president also addressed the fight against unjust wage policies and unfair working conditions for women.

“There is no superiority of men over women or women over men,” he said.

The murder of 20-year-old student Ozgecan Aslan in Mersin last month sparked outrage across Turkey, catapulting violence against women to the top of the domestic agenda.

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