Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said equality between men and women is “against nature” at a summit in Istanbul.

He sparked outrage with the speech made at a convention organised by women’s groups campaigning to eliminate gender discrimination in all its forms.

“You cannot make women and men equal; this is against nature,” Mr Erdoğan told the meeting full of women including his own daughter, Today’s Zaman reported.

“You cannot subject a pregnant woman to the same working conditions as a man.

“You cannot make a mother who has to breastfeed her child equal to a man. You cannot make women do everything men do like the communist regimes did…this is against her delicate nature.”

The President reportedly claimed that Islam dictated motherhood to be the prime role of women, reciting a hadith saying that “heaven lies at your mother’s feet”.

Telling delegates he used to kiss his own mother’s feet, Mr Erdogan added: “My mother would be shy, but I used to say, ‘Mother, don’t pull your feet away, because the scent of heaven is there.’ Sometimes, she would cry.”… see more

source: independent UK