A recent study conducted by academics from the Gender and Women's Studies Research Center at Kadir Has University has reported that 71.2 percent of participants believe there is no gender equality in Turkey.
The study, titled "Social Gender and Women Perception in Turkey", was conducted in April 2015 in 26 cities with 1,000 participants, 50.3 percent female and 49.7 percent males.
According to the research, 37.8 percent of Turkish married couples meet each other through their families. 38.7 percent of Turkish couples marry each other within the first 10 months of knowing each other, while 26.4 percent marry within 20 months.
The ideal marriage age stated for women is 24-25 and for men as 27-28. 82.6 percent of all participants stated that early marriage is a problem, and women under 18 should not be allowed to marry even with the approval of their families.
59 percent of women and 48.8 of men stated that abortion is a fundamental right for women, while more than 70 percent of all participants stated that it should be a common decision made by women and men.
63.5 percent of the participants stated that gay relationships are against Turkish society, while 79 percent said that only married couples should have children.
45.6 percent of all participants say that marriage and children should be the priority of women rather than their career, while this number increased to 79.3 percent of male participants.
Although 66.9 percent of all participants state that women and men are not provided with equal opportunities in their job search and 81 percent state that equal salary for the same job is necessary, 42.7 percent of participants state that men should come first during times of high unemployment.
The number of female deputies in Turkish parliament is also found to be insufficient by 77.9 percent of the participants and 61.4 percent state that parties' politics for women definitely affect their voting behavior.
83.7 percent of participants state that it is the role of the state to establish equality among women and men.
When asked about the ideal number of children per family, 60.1 of participants stated that two children are enough, followed by 22 percent that said three children.
Participants overwhelmingly stated violence as being the biggest problem for women, with 88.6 percent believing this, followed by gender inequality (50.5 percent), family pressure(47.3 percent), pressure and harassment in the street (44.4 percent), social pressure (43.1 percent), lack of education (40.3 percent), pressure and harassment in the workplace (39.9 percent) and unemployment (38.7 percent).
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