Still contending with the protest by his subjects urging Pope not to visit his presidential palace that is said to be 30 times bigger than White House. A palace built despite court order not to carry on with the project, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey decided to add another controversy when he said that women are not equal to men in a public address.
"You cannot put women and men on an equal footing," he said. "It is against nature. They were created differently. Their nature is different. Their constitution is different."
Erdogan, a devout Muslim, said women's role in society is clear:
"Our religion has defined a position for women: Motherhood. Some people can understand this, while others can't," he said. "You cannot explain this to feminists because they don't accept the concept of motherhood."
The president quoting Prophet Muhammad, said "Paradise lies at the feet of mothers," adding that he would "kiss [his] mother's feet because they smelled of paradise." Erdogan went on to say that women physically cannot do the same work as men.
"You cannot bring women and men into equal positions; that is against nature because their nature is different," he said. "For example, in work life, you cannot impose the same conditions on a pregnant woman as a man."
Many women took to Twitter to express outrage at the president's statements.