Law & Governance

Turkish Women's Rights Activists Explain Real Meaning Of #ChallengeAccepted

BP World Bureau | Aug 01 2020 12:04:32 PM
Image credits:Instagram

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Turkey-based women's rights activists called on the rest of the world not to forget the original context of Instagram’s #challengeaccepted trend, which was supposed to draw attention to the increase in femicide and violence against women in the country.

The country was rocked by the brutal killing of a 27-year-old student named Pınar Gültekin by her ex-boyfriend.

Turkish feminists are also worried about  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party's move to repeal a Council of Europe treaty known as the Istanbul convention, which is against gender-based violence. 

Read: #ChallengeAccepted Origins: A Women’s Right Protest In Turkey 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party believe that anti-femicide and Istanbul convention laws affect traditional marriages. Ruling Turkish politicians also believe that women do not deserve the same rights as men. 

Turkish cities held marches last week mourning Gültekin’s death and calling on Turkish politicians to uphold the Istanbul convention.

The social media posts involved photos of women on Instagram in black and white to emphasise how pictures of murdered women end up in black and white in newspapers. 

However, the rest of the world is treating the black and white photo challenge as a process of women supporting other women. 

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Read: Femicide Rate Spikes In Turkey And Mexico, Leaders Cut Legal Protection For Women 

Femicide is the killing of a woman by men or her family members, mostly for not adhering to the conservative or traditional values of womanhood. Turkey and Mexico are two of the nations that see this crime in large numbers.