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Turkey’s president says women not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruffled feathers Monday when he said women and men are created differently, and women can’t be expected to do the same work as men.

“You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,” he said at a conference on justice for women in Istanbul. “It is against nature. They were created differently. Their nature is different. Their constitution is different.”

Erdogan also said “motherhood is the highest position” women can achieve.

“Our religion regards motherhood very highly,” he continued. “Feminists don’t understand that, they reject motherhood.”

Critics have said Erdogan’s government is trying to degrade the country’s secular principles and limit the rights of women.