Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used an international conference on justice and rights for women Monday to declare that women should not be regarded as equal to men and that pregnancy presented an obstacle to equal opportunity in the workplace. Erdogan, a Muslim, also condemned feminists for rejecting motherhood, noting that pregnancy and motherhood were sacred in Islam. Some forms of work, he cautioned, are unsuitable for women. Women’s rights activists stormed social-media networks with furious responses to the address, given at a conference sponsored by the conservative Women and Democracy Association.
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