Women protest against gender violence

Number of women killed in Turkey down 32%

In January and February there were 40 murders of women for gender-based violence in Turkey. In the last two years the restraining orders increased in the country more than 90%.

32% fewer women died murdered in Turkey during the months of January and February compared to last year, according to the latest official data released by the Ministry of Interior of the country, despite which Turkey recorded almost half a hundred femicides during the first two months of 2020.

According to the figures provided by the Ministry of Interior, 40 women died murdered in the country during the first two months of this year, while in the same period of 2019 the number of victims amounted to at least 59 women.

In a statement, the ministry highlighted the increase in measures in Turkey against suspects of gender violence, adding that in the last two years the restraining orders have increased by 92%. Likewise, the number of women victims of sexist violence using the KADES mobile app (which allows them to immediately inform the police of any incident) also increased, and that more than 23,000 women have used the app.

It is estimated that between 2016 and 2018 a total of 932 women died victims of gender violence in Turkey. Many of the murders are motivated by the so-called “honor crimes” – common among the Kurdish rural population of eastern Turkey – but there are also frequent cases of women killed by jealousy or because of marrying another man.