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Erdogan Insists on Demanding Three Children

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked women to "donate" at least three children to the nation.
Women walk as they shout slogans during a rally calling for gender equality, two days after International Women's Day, in Istanbul March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3ET3V

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed how emotionally stuck he is with the Gezi Park protests that took place all throughout the month of June across the nation, when women with a collective voice argued that Erdogan’s policies are aimed at further strengthening a well-anchored patriarchal value system in Turkish society. That system is working against women who dream of living in a country where gender equality prevails, and freedom is not only a topic of intellectual discussion but a way of life.

“They are saying I am interfering in their lives when I call on women to have at least three children,” Erdogan said, addressing a large crowd on Aug. 8 at his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Istanbul provincial office. “We have not imposed a legal obligation for this. This is something optional. But I, as a prime minister, am recommending three children. This is my most natural right. We’re not holding a gun to anybody’s head [to have three children].” Erdogan went on to say: “I am calling on those sisters who are devoted to our cause. Come, please donate to this nation at least three children.”

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