President Erdogan has pulled the country out of a Council of Europe accord that provided a legal framework to prevent femicide and promote gender equality. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has withdrawn Turkey from an international accord to prevent violence against women, the country’s official gazette said on Saturday. The decision comes amid increasing calls in Turkey to combat domestic violence as femicide rates rise. “The guarantee of women’s rights are the current regulations in our bylaws, primarily our Constitution. Our judicial system is dynamic and strong enough to implement new regulations as needed,” Family, Labour and Social Policies Minister Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk said on Twitter.