Turkey’s president says men and women cannot be equal, and that feminists don’t understand motherhood. Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused widespread offence with his comments at a conference on women’s rights in Ankara.
“You cannot make women and men equal; this is against nature,” Erdogan stated on Monday.
“You cannot subject a pregnant woman to the same working conditions as a man. You cannot make a mother who has to breastfeed her child equal to a man. You cannot make women do everything men do like the communist regimes did… This is against her delicate nature,” he added.
He added that feminists “don’t accept the concept of motherhood.”
“But those who do understand are enough for us. We'll continue down this path with them,” he stated.
Commentators on social media have aired incredulity over his comments, with one user tagging them #NatoEmbarrassment and another referring to him as “Turkey's creepy-grandpa-in-chief.”