Pervin Buldan: The women's struggle gives us hope

“As representatives of women's politics, the growing struggle of women throughout the country gives us hope. We are closer than ever to success,” said HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan at the women's faction meeting of the party dedicated to Deniz Poyraz.

HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan, speaking at a meeting of her party's women's faction in Ankara, described women's nationwide struggles as their greatest hope. At the same time, she said, the women's movement is the greatest fear of the male rulers in Turkey.

Buldan introduced her speech by commemorating HEP politician Vedat Aydin, who was abducted and murdered on July 5, 1991, and said that the same mentality was behind this murder thirty years ago as it was behind the murder of Deniz Poyraz on June 17 at the HDP building in Izmir. "We know all too well the hate politics that produced the separately trained killer of Izmir. In solidarity with Deniz and her companions, we will never give up our struggle for justice, equality, peace and women. For every life taken from us, we will demand accountability," said the co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

The AKP/MHP government is massively attacking the existence and fought-for rights of women, Pervin Buldan continued: "In order to break the social opposition, the male rulers use every method of oppression and violence. However, they see that women are not intimidated by the pressure. Women organize in all areas of life. They dissent and remain upright in their struggle. They fill the squares and shout out their rights. In doing so, they become the government's greatest fear. Women today are not only fighting for gender justice, they are also leading the fight against the male mafia system. Neither do they believe lies nor do they allow themselves to be subjugated. They are resisting exploitation. We are a part of this women's struggle. As representatives of women's politics, the growing struggle of women throughout the country gives us hope. We are closer than ever to success."

Commenting on the denunciation of the Istanbul Convention, which entered into force on July 1, Pervin Buldan said, "The Istanbul Convention is a treaty that treats and promotes women's rights as a whole and prevents crimes against women. For women, it is a text of constitutional quality. At the same time, this convention calls for effective measures against the abuse of children. For women, this convention is necessary and indispensable."

Buldan recalled that the withdrawal from the Women's Protection Agreement was made by presidential decree and that the lawsuit filed against it by the HDP and other institutions was rejected by the State Council: "The Council of State has thus proven once again that it is an institution of male justice of the one-man regime. However, we women will not allow a single man to take away our rights with a single signature. We will not bow down and will continue to fight in parliament and in the streets. Once we are rid of this government, we will reintroduce the Istanbul Convention and ensure its effective implementation."