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women in kurdish region

Reader comment on item: The Case for a Unified Kurdistan
in response to reader comment: Threat of the Kurds.

Submitted by servet cevik (Turkey), Sep 19, 2014 at 07:08

Dear EthanP

Unfortunately, Kurdish areas in Turkey are the places where;

1. highest incidence of honor killings.

2. lovest school attendance of females

3. lovest incorporation of the females to the general labor force

4. lovest levels of premarital sex

5. highest level of virginity obsession.

6. worst social attitude against gay-homosexual individuals.

7. even female genital mutilation does still exist in some remote villages close to the north iraqi border.

8. highest incidence of suicide among young women (mostly forced suicides; either kill yourself or we will kill you style)

9. continuing tradition of "bride price" which is simply women being sold and bought

10. exclusion of women from inheritance of their family possessions.

I love the Kurdish people and hope they get rid of those social problems as soon as possible and maybe one day we can have a descent and civilized referandum about whether to live together or not like the scots and british did and respect the outcome of thisby both parties regardless of what ever the outcome of the referendum is.

But for the time being unfortunately those I have written above is the plain truth.

what you have written may be valid for the Alevis though. yes women are better treated in Alevi societies but these are a different group of people, not Kurds. And most female PKK fighters are Alevi Kurds. Most Kurds are Sunni though. Only a small fraction of them are Alevis.

Rough estimates are like this %60 Sunni Turks %20 Alevi Turks %15 Sunni Kurds %5 Alevi Kurds

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