“You cannot make women and men equal; this is against nature,” President Erdogan stated in a public address earlier this week.
Speaking at a special conference on women’s rights Erdogan shared his views on gender equality in Turkey, mentioning several issues including breastfeeding women, young mothers and feminists.
Erdogan also used to opportunity to speak out against feminism, comparing it to a “communist regime” and stating that feminists do not “accept the concept of nature.”
The comments immediately began to make headlines as international and Turkish commenters were quick to condemn the Presidents words.
One twitter user compared Erdogan’s speech to an “outdated rant”, while others branded the President a sexist and misogynist.
News of the comments comes after a number of incidents from within Erdogan’s government which have caused outrage among the international feminist community. Earlier last month Erdogan’s deputy Prime Minister claimed that women in public should refrain from laughing, which came shortly before Erdogan himself caused outrage after telling a female journalist to “know her place”.