At the recently concluded Women and Justice Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spared no words or even economized with the truth when he stated that women are not equal to men and should be treated differently.
“You cannot put women and men on an equal footing. It is against nature.” President Erdogan also condemned feminists or career-minded women for rejecting motherhood and scorning their position in the home. He tasked women to appreciate the blessing of being a woman and to embrace the roles and duties that come with the gender.
He also cautions men to be careful in how they treat their women at home, as well as superiors on how they deal with subordinate pregnant women in workplaces. “In the workplace, you cannot treat a man and a pregnant woman in the same way,” and this according to the Turkish leader is because women have “delicate nature” that makes it impossible to do the same tasking jobs as men.
“Their nature is different. Their constitution is different. Some people can understand this, while others can’t.” The president therefore asks that while women may not be treated as equal to men, an equivalent form of treatment can be given to them in a way that shows deep respects for them.
He asked that men everywhere learn to respect their wives and female counterparts and deal with them based on their delicate nature, or as the Bible would put it, as “weaker vessels”.