Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd gathered on Taksim's Istiklal Street to mark International Women's Day. Images on social media showed women being dragged by their hair, as well as being battered by police officers. Violence against women and femicides are in dire levels in Turkey, with hundreds of women getting killed each year, in addition to thousands who get beaten by men.
Birol Şahin, a mayor from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), drew widespread criticism following a post he shared that insulted the country's national women's volleyball team. “By defying the order of God to cover your body lines, you are dressing immodestly, you are exposing yourselves and you are glad about it because you are going to Tokyo," he said, prompting the MHP to ask for his resignation.
Berfin Özek, who lost an eye following Ozan Çeltik's acid attack on her face, slammed a court ruling that sentenced the perpetrator to a total of 13.5 years in prison instead of life in prison. "One of my eyes is blind. Tomorrow if he is released how can I go out on the street? Will I live with the fear that something could happen at any moment? I have no security of life," she said.
Turkish singer Ebru Polat showed her support for Turkish pop star Hadise after the latter was lynched on social media for wearing a leotard at a New Year's Eve show. Polat shared a photo of herself wearing a swimsuit to demonstrate her support for her fellow artist.
In Turkey a "panic button" mobile app was downloaded by women 342,926 times in the first 21 months. The app received over 15 thousand reports of crises by women in this time.
Police shut down a dance protest by a feminist group in Ankara Thursday. The women wanted to perform the protest dance created by Chilean collective Las Tesis, but were moved away from the square. Some women were battered and dragged on the ground by police officers.
A sexual assault victim in Ankara said that when she went to the police they defended the assailant. Upon meeting with a female prosecutor, Ç.B. said the prosecutor told her “I'm sitting here, I'm a woman and you're a woman. Why I am I not being raped yet you are?”
Ceren Özdemir, a 20-year-old university student, was stabbed to death by an unknown assailant in the Black Sea province of Ordu on Dec. 4 - becoming one of the hundreds of women killed by men in the country. Violence against women is in grave levels in Turkey, with at least 430 women killed in the past 11 months, according to the statistics shared by We Will Stop Femicide Platform.
A group of Turkish women performed a dance created by Chilean feminist group Las Tesis to protest violence against women. The protest was organized by the Socialist Women's Council (SKM) in front of an opera house in Istanbul's Kadıköy district and was one of many events modeled after the protest performed by Las Tesis.
The European Parliament (EP) on Nov. 28 approved a resolution that urges member states to ratify the Istanbul Convention to better combat violence against women. The EP urged seven member states — Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia and the U.K. — that have signed the Istanbul Convention but not ratified it yet to do so without any further delay.
A man who threw acid at a young woman's face, blinding her in one and eye and causing burns, may be released in the next hearing of his trial due to prosecutors requesting less serious charges, according to the woman's lawyer.
In Turkey not only physical violence against women is rampant, but other forms, including online violence, is an issue that especially female journalists face on a regular basis.
Thousands of women flocked to Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on Nov. 25 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. While Turkish authorities released messages condemning violence against women throughout the day, those peacefully marching on Istiklal were met with tear gas and plastic bullets.
The trial of Fedai Varan, who is facing life imprisonment for stabbing his ex-wife Emine Bulut in front of their 10-year old daughter, began on Oct. 9. Prior to the hearing, women's groups including the We Will Stop Femicide platform, assembled outside the courthouse holding signs and banners.
A women taken into custody in Erzurum after posing at historical site in 'inappropriate clothing' was released afterwards.