New laws to guard women from abuse

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

ANKARA | Turkey’s par­lia­ment marked In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day on Thurs­day by ap­prov­ing a pack­age of laws aimed at bet­ter pro­tect­ing women and chil­dren from abuse.

As it vies for Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship, Turkey — a pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­try — is strug­gling to dis­card long-held cul­tural prac­tices that den­i­grate women in a largely pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety.

It also is fight­ing to curb “honor killings” and mur­ders of women deemed to have tar­nished the rep­u­ta­tion of their rel­a­tives, some­times by hav­ing a pre­mar­i­tal af­fair or a child out of wed­lock.

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