Women receiving a lower share of inheritance than men is normal and justified -- considering men's responsibilities according to Islam -- Sumeyye Erdogan, the daughter of the Turkish president and the deputy head of the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM), said today (April 2, 2015), the Hurriyet Daily News website reports.
Giving a lecture in Brussels, Belgium on "the perception of Muslim women around the world and the fight for the equality," Erdogan said the topic of inheritance distribution in Islam was among the most discussed in terms of equality.
"They ask why daughters are given lower shares from a will while sons receive more. But when we look closely, we see that men are assigned the responsibility for bringing the bread home, while women are not. So naturally giving higher inheritance shares to men is normal, fair, and righteous," Erdogan said.
In the same speech, Erdogan also said the history of Western countries was "worse when it came to the suppression of women. We don't have any reason to be diffident. When you examine the history of the world for practices that dominated women, you mostly see Western countries. You don't see Islamic countries," she said.