Turkish pop superstar Tarkan has said in a message that International Women’s Day is full of pain and not a day to celebrate on our calendars as violence against women continues across Turkey.
“March 8, International Women’s Day, is not a day to celebrate, it is a day filled with pain on our calendar,” Tarkan said in a message released by daily Hürriyet on March 8.
“In a society dignifying maternity and mothers, unfortunately, men are killing women and girls. This contradiction is not understandable,” he said, criticizing the murder of women and domestic violence in the country.
“On the one hand, it is dignifying maternity, on the other hand beating and torturing other mothers, future mothers, exploiting their labor. It is taking their freedom away,” he added, accusing the “unhealthy approach of masculinity stuck between the sacred and chastity, triggering the violence.”