Thursday 17 August 2017

Turkey president urges working women not to 'reject' motherhood

Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, left, receives a book written by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right (Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
Uganda's long-time president Yoweri Museveni, left, receives a book written by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right (Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

Associated Press reporter

Turkey's president said work is no reason for women to decline motherhood.

Speaking on Sunday at a women's association in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "a woman who abstains from motherhood saying 'I am working' means she is in fact rejecting motherhood".

Mr Erdogan, quoted by the state-run Anadolu Agency, said: "I absolutely don't accept making (a woman's) business life an alternative to motherhood."

Earlier this week, he spoke out against birth control saying it was incompatible with Muslim traditions.

Mr Erdogan, a devout Muslim, often courts controversy with divisive public comments.

He has previously angered women's groups by stating that women are not equal to men and by urging women to bear at least three children.

The Turkish leader has also raised eyebrows by attempting to outlaw abortion and adultery.

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