Turkish President Erdogan’s sexist remarks ‘reinforces prejudices against women’

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By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sexist remarks serve to reinforce discrimination against women, Turkish parliament member Binnaz Toprak told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Erdogan triggered a storm of criticism on Monday when he said at a summit hosted by a women’s group in Istanbul that women and men are not equal “because their nature is different.”

Toprak, a member of parliament from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party, started by saying that “I think … what he means by this, that men and women are not equal, is physical equality.”

But the Turkish MP went on to explain that when one says “gender equality, the principle has to do with legal equality and equal opportunities and legal rights.”

“So I think even if he [President Erdogan] says that it has to do with legality, I think the very statement that men and women are not…

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