Ever heard of clothing rights? Turkish women march for ‘Clothing Rights’ protest in Istanbul
Source :NewsBharati Date :30-Jul-2017
Ankara, July 30: Turkey has always been seen as a ‘conservative’ country. Women in Turkey don’t enjoy the independent rights as women in America or Britain do. As a result, there has been an increasing number of verbal and physical attacks against women for their choice of clothing. President Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist rooted AK Party have shown little interest in expanding the rights of minorities, gay or women in that case. To protest the silence by the Turkish government on minorities’ rights, hundreds of Turkish women marched in the country’s biggest city Istanbul yesterday.
Women were seen chanting slogans and carrying piece of clothing to depict the type of clothing men don’t accept. “We will not obey, be silenced, be afraid. We will win through resistance”, said the crowd holding posters of slogan and LGBT rainbow flags.
Yesterday’s march was joined by several members of the gay and transgender community, after Istanbul's pride march was banned by authorities late in June. Since Erdogan took office nearly 15 years ago, restrictions on wearing the headscarf imposed by Turkey's secular 20th century leaders have been eased and more women in the mainly Muslim country have chosen to wear it.
Whether or not the Turkish government will ease the women’s concerns is what we are waiting for. Will Turkey impose a law to protect woman’s dignity just like it fights ISIS to protect other countries?