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Multiple Turkish cities see protests against violence against women

Multiple Turkish cities see protests against violence against women

DPA
Istanbul
Women took to the streets in multiple Turkish cities on Wednesday to demand an end to gender-based violence and that the country remain a member of an international agreement against such attacks.
Hundreds of women in Istanbul’s Kadikoy neighbourhood shouted and waved placards with slogans like “Men throw punches and the state protects them.” Others held up high posters with the names of dead women. Those names also appeared on the T-shirts of some of the other protesters.
There were multiple arrests at another such demonstration in Izmir, according to media reports.
Violence against women is widespread in Turkey, as in other countries. The death in July of Pinar Gultekin, a 27-year-old student, fired up the movement to protest femicide, or murders specifically targeting women.
Those protesters have also rallied around attempts to save the Istanbul Convention, an international agreement that Turkey wants to exit. Many of the protesters wore face masks demanding that the convention remain in force.
The Istanbul convention, a treaty developed by the Council of Europe, aims to create a legal framework to prevent and fight against violence against women and domestic violence. According to the group We Will Stop Femicide, 474 women were killed by men in Turkey last year.

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