By Gregory Wilpert
GREG WILPERT It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore. What is the relationship between gender and poverty? Most studies of poverty focus on the level of the household and tend not to pay much attention to the gender differences within a given household, which makes it rather difficult to find out how poverty and gender differences are connected or related. A recent study published by the Political Economy Research Institute, PERI, looks at the way gender affects the poverty gap in Turkey. The study is titled A Multidimensional Approach to the Gender Gap in Poverty: An Application for Turkey. Although the Turkish government claims to prioritize the closing of gender gaps, Turkish women argue that inequality in Turkey is enshrined in law, which makes it impossible to actually achieve equality. In a demonstration in 2017, several women sharply criticized gender discrimination in Turkish law.
AYSEGUL DOKER [WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST, TURKEY] They do not even let this [march] happen. They cannot tolerate this. They do not want us, the women, to be free. But we will not leave the streets as long as we can.
FATOS OCAL [WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVIST, TURKEY]…