Despite all the precautions, nearly women are murdered annually by their husbands, boyfriends or relatives. In Turkey, the still very traditional structure of society and the resulting conservative mindset are the main reasons for gender inequality. A longer version of this article appeared in the Winter edition of Turkish Policy Quarterly. Many women, like Elif Kamisli, refuse to hide. From West Africa to Central Asia, women are expected to solely fulfill the traditional roles of a good mother, wife, and housewife. Overall, it is a pity that the women who went to the streets and demanded change have been excluded from the reconstruction process of their countries. Even while pregnant, she continues to work and travel through Istanbul, regardless of how others might react. We have a zero- tolerance policy against illegal pornography. Meanwhile, a female columnist criticized women who wear short shorts in hospitals and shopping centers in a column earlier this month. To aid in this difficult transition period, democratic countries have a huge responsibility. Take your moment to share our site with your social media network friends: Having ignored human rights infringements in the Middle East for the sake of their economic benefits and the stability of oil prices, and having closed their eyes to women who have been ignored in the region, Western countries have to revise their approach and should support the efforts for economic development, democratic transformation and secularism in the region. Despite all the precautions, nearly women in Turkey are murdered annually by their husbands, boyfriends or relatives. In the meantime, women remain uneasy. Transition periods are always difficult, and not everything has fallen into place in the region yet. People in Tunisia and Libya have the same concerns. While Egypt th , Iran th , and Saudi Arabia st , present an even worse picture.