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

BP World Bureau | Jul 30 2020 12:17:39 PM
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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Currently, social media is seeing a campaign where women are posting black and white pictures of themselves and are nominating others. This is part of their campaign where women are supporting other women in a man's world. 

However, the origins of this campaign this year are traced to Turkey which is currently witnessing a woman's rights campaign and protest against femicide. 

The protests were triggered by the murder of a 27-year-old university student named Pinar Gültekin who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, who left her body in an oil drum. 

Femicide is a phenomenon seen in the middle east and other nations such as Mexico, where women are murdered by their intimate partners or family members, mostly for not adhering to socially constructing restrictions and norms. 

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

The protests were also triggered by Turkish conservatives leaders' move to roll back laws that protect women from violence and femicide, saying that "women cannot be equal to men" and such laws "affect the traditional marriages." 

The black and white photo challenge began in Turkey, where Turkish women posted pictures of themselves expressing solidarity with women who have died.

Protestors are saying that they can be the next victim of femicide unless the law takes a strong stand. 

Netizens expressed concerns regarding how #ChallengeAccepted is diffusing this protest by the Turkish women.