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Istanbul



Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Istanbul has very liberal and very conservative residents. You will see women wearing bikinis and burkinis at the beach, not bothering one another. In the more rural areas of Turkey, and sometimes within Istanbul, women travelling alone may face some verbal harassment from more conservative men. - Sep 27, 2017
Anywhere you find people there are sure to be prejudices to follow. I did not have any prejudicial incidents towards me. - Oct 24, 2010
Yes, but again, differently from in the West. It takes a newcomer quite awhile to understand the complexities. - Jan 4, 2010
There are not many black people in Istanbul, but I have seen no racism. Turks originally came from Central Asia, so Asians appear well accepted. The glory days of the Ottoman Empire have long faded, with Jewish, Armenian & Greek Orthodox communities now much older and smaller. Churches and synagogues appear to operate more or less freely. - Dec 21, 2009
Turkey is a moderate Muslim country. Women may run into some prejudices in their day to day life since it is a male dominated country. - Dec 3, 2009