In Turkey, Economic Opportunities for Women Coincide With More Domestic Abuse
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
In Turkey, a fast-changing society has brought new opportunities for women, but also increased domestic abuse.
Istanbul presents an elegant blend of history and modernity, a sprawling symbol of Turkeys growing global importance. It is the world’s 16th largest economy.
Modernization has transformed this nation of 75 million from a mostly rural, traditional society to a predominantly urban one. Three of four Turks live in a city today. But by some measures, Turkey ranks among the worst places in the world for women. Women are less educated than men. Far fewer have jobs outside the home. And in the home, half of all Turkish women report having suffered some form of domestic violence.