As the Turkish government considered leaving an international convention that promises to protect women against violence despite rise in the number of killings of women, a wave of anti-femicide protests sparked across the country.
The protests swept Turkey after the police found the strangled and battered body of 27-year-old university student Pinar Gultekin last week. The killing of the Gultekin triggered demonstrations across Istanbul and other cities with activists drawing attention to the increasing number of women murders. In one of the protests last week in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district, women chanted “we want to live”, “end femicides”.
In protest to Gultekin’s murder, women in Turkey are protesting by posting black and white images of themselves. The protests have gone global with women across the world posting their black and white pictures on social media.