05 June 2016

Turkey's Erdogan says women who reject motherhood 'incomplete'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said a woman who rejects motherhood is "deficient" and "incomplete", urging women to have at least three children.

He said he supported women having successful professional careers - but stressed that this should not be an "obstacle" to having children.

He was addressing Turkey's Women and Democracy Association in Istanbul.

His comments were the latest in a series of controversial remarks about women and their role in a society.

Earlier this week, President Erdogan called on Muslims to reject contraception and have more children.

In a televised speech on 30 May, he stressed that "no Muslim family" should consider birth control or family planning. [BBC] Read more