On March 20th, the government of Turkey announced that is was withdrawing from a key human rights treaty known as the Istanbul Convention. Among other things, the Istanbul Convention seeks to criminalize gender-based violence and other offenses against women. Turkey took this move right in the middle of a major annual United Nations conference called the Commission on the Status of Women.
Needless to say the unfortunate irony of Turkey withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention during the Commission on the Status on Women was not lost on many observers, including my guest today Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins, President and CEO of PAI, an international non profit working on universal access to sexual and reproductive health.
We kick off discussing the substance of the Istanbul Convention and the significance of Turkey’s withdrawal before having a longer conversation about the key issues driving the debate at the Commission on the Status of Women, which runs from 15th to the 26 of March.