HDP: The best gift for mothers is a free country
"The most beautiful gift for mothers who do not give up their struggle despite the suffering they have experienced is a country where they can live freely," reads a statement by the HDP Women's Council on Mother's Day.
The Women's Council of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has issued a statement on Mother's Day.
Referring to the situation of mothers in Kurdistan, the statement said: "Some have been searching for their children's bones for years, one had to keep her daughter's dead body in a freezer, one had her son's remains delivered by mail, many have lost their children in Suruç, Ankara, Amed or in the Gezi uprising, some keep watch at their children's graves so that they are not destroyed by soldiers, others were forced to remove the gravestones themselves, some lost their children at work or because they wanted to sing songs and give concerts.
The AKP/MHP coalition publishes propaganda reports on television about children buying gifts for their mothers, and at the same time considers it appropriate for Kurdish mothers to keep watch at their children's graves or have the remains of their children delivered to them by mail.
At the same time, today, Mother's Day, millions of women in Turkey are exposed to male violence and the exploitation of their labour at home under the conditions of the pandemic. The government ignores the lamentation of women whose children are being murdered before their very eyes. Through the propaganda of 'holy motherhood', the policy of patriarchal capitalism exploits women and locks them in their homes.
The best gift for mothers who do not give up their struggle despite the suffering they have experienced is a country where they can live freely. The rulers who abuse mothers for their war policy should know this: We women will continue our struggle in this country, whose earth is soaked with tears in abundance, so that we can leave a free and democratic future as a legacy to future generations."