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Turkish men don skirts in protest against victimisation of women

22 February 2015

A group of men went to Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square wearing skirts, honouring a pledge that they have been making for the past few days on social media.

On 17th February, Erkan Doğan put on a skirt in Istanbul’s Asian side district of Kadıköy in memory of the brutally murdered 20-year-old student Özgecan Aslan.

His action inspired social media calls for a massive “skirt-wearing” march over the weekend to show Turkish men’s support for women who have been victimised by the recent wave of male violence in Turkey.

The burned body of Aslan was discovered on 13th February in a riverbed in the southern Turkish province of Mersin, triggering a public debate in which a women’s supposedly “provocative” attire has been cited as a reason for sexual assault and harassment by several conservative critics.

Source Hurriyet

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