My body, my decision

Gizem Karsli: My body my decision

There are seven billions inhabitants in the world, seven billions definitions of a woman. Motherhood, caregiver, fragile, sexy, femininity, guilty, purity and many others…  Sadly, majority of these seven billions forget a very basic reality; above all, she is a human. She breathes, she feels, she loves, she hates, she cries, she protests… She is not a material he or the community can decide upon. Nevertheless, the reality in our beloved world is not the case. The ways the women are treated is nothing more than a shameful list. If you like to see this reality reflected upon your life, take a walk in your city; what you will see in different corners of Europe will be all about beauty discounts, jewellery, free beauty products, fancy clothing, painted beauty all around…  Is femininity only about these things? The answer is a big no. What we indeed have is a history of struggle against all of this. We dream for equality, parity and respect for each one of us from Afghanistan to Canada, from Bhutan to Chile.

Have you ever thought about what does it mean to be a woman and going for a walk at the evening in Barcelona, Istanbul, Berlin, or in Brussels? Have you ever thought what if you were born somewhere in the Middle East and being sold for some money? Have you ever thought about sex workers, have you ever thought about girls who are retained from education?

While the depressing pictures of reality from all around the world are flashing before your eyes, stop in today’s Turkey and think about a woman who legally has no right to decide whether she wishes to have a baby or not.

In its latest show, the AKP government is gambling on women. The new game is called ‘’ Ban Abortion’’.  This very act is not preventing murder as they call it, but opening the space in black market for illegal and unsafe operations, labelling women as a factory of homo-sapiens.

Dear women of the world, of Turkey, if you are falling for the drama of ‘’murder’’, I invite you to search, read, question and stand up for your rights!

Gizem Karslı

Read also: Europe must fight Turkish abortion restrictions !

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One Response to My body, my decision

  1. niandra says:

    Murder is to ban abortion. This is the big drama that all women and men should realize.
    I like your post very much!

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