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Talking about the Violence Against Women from Different Perspectives

29 November 2019, Friday - 15:05

HABER: Açelya Kaynar

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Women and Society Research and Application Center (OKTAM) at Ondokuz Mayıs University organized the "Violence Against Women ”panel on the occasion of "25 November International Day for the Elimination of Against Women".

The panel was held in OMU Atatürk Congress and Culture Center and moderated by Prof. Dr. Yüksel Ardalı with the participation of Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kuran, Prof. Dr. Murat Terzi, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Tuğba Talay, Manager of Violence Prevention and Monitoring Center in Samsun (ŞÖNİM) and her team, the representatives of non-govermental organizations, academicians, and students."

"We can prevent the violence against women only through mentality reform”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hatice Kumcağız, Manager of OKTAM, made a speech on the significance and meaning of the day, and she stated: "in 1960, three sisters named Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa became a symbol of freedom in the Dominican Republic through their struggles for the democratic rights of the country against the dictatorship. These three sisters were subjected to heavy pressures in their struggle against the dictatorship and sentenced to prison. The movement, initiated by the sisters in early November 1960, was seen as a danger by the rulers of the country. On 25 November 1960, the bodies of the three sisters were found at the bottom of a cliff. It was later revealed that these three sisters were brutally murdered and they became a symbol of the struggle against the dictatorship. A year later, the sisters' movement in the country led to the end of the dictatorship. In the face of these developments, which were echoed all over the world, it was decided that November 25 would be adopted by the United Nations as the "International Day of Struggle for the Elimination of Violence Against Women". In this context, the first step to be taken to prevent and eliminate violence against women is to raise the awareness in society about violence against women. We can achieve this awareness through social mentality reform by acknowledging that the woman is an individual. I condemn the violence against women, children, nature and animals, and I express my gratitude for your participation. ”

"All negative incidences that affect women are reflected to the society as a whole”

Then, Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Kuran emphasized that violence against women can be solved by education. He also remarked: "The violence against women is a very bad situation in the name of humanity because all negative incidences that affect women are reflected to the society as a whole. Being a healthy society depends on women. We come from a culture that is matriarchal and where women have a say. So if we still encounter the cases of violence against women in our society today, this picture stems from the fact that we may have lost our own values or we cannot comprehend these values well enough. I think that violence against women and other living things can be eliminated through education. Today, this panel will make assessments on how to prevent violence with its scientific aspects. Universities should have an important role and contribution for raising public awareness. I'm sure today's discussions will be useful in this sense. ”

"We need to worry about the structure that creates violence”

Prof. Dr. Özen Kulakaç emphasized the concepts of culture and tolerence in her presentation entitled "Being a Woman in the Culture of Tolerence to Violence", and she remarked: If violence is frequently experienced in our culture, we need to worry about the point where we are so that we can reach the point we want. When we examine the underlying problems, we see that there is generally desensitization and social indifference to violence because the events seem to consist of only numbers. All women have stories in all these events, which are perceived as numbers. Therefore we know that we have a social problem that we need to worry about.Culture has the same function for society as memory for a human being. In order to decide what to transfer to the future, we must examine and question the concept of culture. Culture affects one's selfness and personality. We witness a hierarchical structure that is learned and passed from generation to generation in societies where women are often subjected to violence. The culture of tolerance to violence is the product of a class-based layer. Why have violence and culture been hidden away? That's what we need to question. There is violence in the outcomes of the cultural tolerance of violence. Violence is a situation in which we must fight against it".

"There is a faulty perception on the legitimization of violence in society"

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yasemin Yüce, another panelist who deals with violence against women as a sociological idea, made following statements in her presentation entitled "(Not) Talking about the Violence Against Women": “There is a faulty perception on the legitimization of violence in society. According to the statistical data, the perpetrators of violence against women harm their emotional female partners. Women are subjected to violence from their loved ones, and they are also killed in their most secure place, that is, at home. How is violence seen as legitimate in the light of these data, and why can't we talk about it? We cannot socially discuss the concept of family. We should remember that the family is an institution where women and men have equal rights and responsibilities".

Prof. Dr. Ömer Böke informed the participants with the current examples of violence about social learning, its effects, and modelling in his presentation entitled "How is Violence Taught?".

Finally, Attorney Sevgi Çetin,one of the panel speakers, covered the topics such as the laws on violence and punishment issues, and he enligthened the participants by addressing violence and women victims of violence in the legal process.

After the panel, Vice Rector Mehmet Kuran presented the certificates of appreciation to the panelists.

Son Güncelleme: 29 November 2019, Friday - 15:05