Teen female rights activist stabbed to death by boyfriend days after posting that women ‘die far too easily’ in Turkey

A TEEN female rights activist was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend after she posted on social media that women "die far too easily" in Turkey.

Gizem Canbulut, 17, was an outspoken critic of the country's treatment of women and often wrote about the violence they face.

The teenager was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend Eren Yildiz, 19, who is suspected of cutting her throat at a park last week.

Gizem was caught on camera for the last time in a photography studio in the district of Bucak in the south-western city of Burdur on March 17.

In the images, she can be seen passing through the studio with her friend and dad, where the teen reportedly got a photo taken for her ID card.

Gizem, her dad and her friend then left the studio and drove off.

A short while later she met her boyfriend at a nearby park and was allegedly stabbed to death.

According to reports, Yildiz pulled out a knife and slashed the teen's throat.

Local media said Yildiz ran home after the incident and called the police to confess, with officers arresting him shortly afterwards.

The teenager's body was found lifeless in the park by police officers after the suspect gave them its location.

In a post in July 2020, after the dead body of Turkish woman Pinar Gultekin was found in the city of Mugla, Gizem shared the message: “Living in Turkey as a woman is hard, women die far too easily.”

The teen's body was buried in the village of Susuz with family members and friends attending the ceremony last Thursday.

The suspect remains in custody as the investigation continues.

On March 20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention by a presidential decree published in the official government gazette.

Turkey signed the Council of Europe's convention 10 years ago when it was drawn up in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

However, the country has now decided to abandon the convention amid growing anger at a lack of protection for women from domestic violence and women's rights in general in the country.

Many, including the opposition parties in the country, foreign leaders, the Council of Europe, NGOs, and people in the social media, have criticised the withdrawal.

The decision also put the focus on the case of Melek Ipek, 31, who was beaten for years by her husband but was too scared to report it because of the lack of women's rights in the country.

In one episode of violence, her husband beat her and left her tied naked to a chair, saying he was going to kill her when he returned from getting some food.

While Ramazan Ipek, 36, went out, the woman had managed to get a gun.

When her husband came back and attacked her despite being warned to stay away, the gun accidentally went off and he was shot dead.

The woman – who was subjected to violence and attacked frequently during their 12-year marriage – was arrested and now faces life in prison.

Campaigners are calling for her release, saying that her actions were the only thing that stopped her and her two daughters being killed, Turkish media reported.

Ipek told a recent hearing where she is facing life in jail: "My husband would beat me for no reason at all.

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

"He would wake up in the morning, frustrated and angry because of a dream he had and beat me just because of it."

She added: "He was not only violent to me but also to our children as well. He would especially beat my older daughter.

"My daughter had to learn not to cry when she was beaten because when she cried, he would beat her more."

Melek, whose trial was postponed to April 2, is still in prison on remand.

Saying that she misses sleeping with her daughters the most, Ipek states: "I trust the justice of my country."

A Change.org petition calling for her to be released has received more than 75,000 signatures.

According to the data of 'The Monument Counter', which is an online monument to commemorate women who lost their lives due to domestic violence, the number of women who died in Turkey in the last ten years is 3,041.

In 2021 only, the number of women who lost their lives due to domestic violence is 79.

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