Brutality by police also undermines prospects for Turkey's EU candidacy, according to officials.
Participants at the Middle East Women's conference called for women to organise in order to protect and advance their rights.
Nationwide anti-government protests have started to worry Turkey's tourism sector as the government maintains the country is safe.
Clashes between protesters and police began early on Tuesday.
The prime minister is scheduled to meet with protest leaders as early as Wednesday.
Many also said they avoid the political-party structure and are opposed to intervention by the military.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses deputies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on Tuesday (June 18th). He has steadfastly defended the heavy police response to widespread protests triggered by controversial plans to redevelop a popular Istanbul park. [AFP]