I am a woman from Turkey and by your internet
site I can feel myself as a woman. Because you
can not guess under which circumstances I am living
in my country.Here, most of the men hit their
wives and they use us like a sex-toy. I do not
know what to do. Really, I need help but I think
I have no way to exit. I think to commit suicide,
please do not tell me to live, I know what you
can say. They don't work.I should run away or
commit suicide.This is not considered as life.
What did I do to deserve such a life? My fault
is to become a woman? Is that all? No. This world
does not belong to one sex. I also should have
right to live free. But in reality I am hit every
day. Every day. The reason. Besides, beating someone
can not be realized. Anyway, I did not want to
take your time but I dared (I do not know why?).
Thanks for your site. Please help the world...
Hamiyet from Turkey
It sounds like you are in awful place right now
-- both physically and mentally. I actually travelled
around Turkey last summer and joked that I always
saw the women working and the men having tea and
playing games in the cafes. I joked with the men
who were doing this and running the shops, but
they didn't seem to think that it was funny. I
guess they recognized in their own way how unfair
it is -- yet not so much so that they were willing
to take responsibility for their actions.
are several international organizations who prioritize
women's rights internationally -- including The
Sisterhood is Global Foundation, Equality Now,
Women's International Tribune Center, UNIFEM,
etc...and all will be much better positioned to
help you than I am. In fact, I'm sure that each
of these U.S.-based organizations knows of organizations
based in Turkey that are doing this work -- that
is work to end injustices against women.
I hope that you reach out to them and that they
are able to help you out of this situation. Good
luck and take care -- sometimes just speaking
up makes a huge difference, I hope that's the
case with you.