The president of Turkey -- speaking at a global justice and women's summit meeting in Istanbul -- declared in a speech that women are not equal to men, the Euro News website reports today (November 24, 2014).
Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- a devout Muslim -- also criticized the feminist movement, claiming it does not accept or value the concept of motherhood.
An English translation of his speech at the event said: "You cannot make an equality between men and women; they are not equal. They are of a different nature. Their system is different."
One prominent Turkish women's rights activist has slammed Erdogan's comments as being against the constitution and the law.