Margaret Atwood shares photos of 'handmaids' protest in Istanbul
Iconic author Margaret Atwood shared photos of a protest by feminist collective Campus Witches in Istanbul on Aug. 15, adorned in costumes from her cult work The Handmaid's Tale. The women protested the ruling AKP's reluctance to create policies to protect women, accusing the government of misogyny.
Duvar English - Iconic author Margaret Atwood shared on Aug. 15 photos of the Turkish feminist collective Kampüs Cadıları (Campus Witches) during a protest where they dressed in costumes of Atwood's cult work The Handmaid's Tale.
#Istanbul! https://t.co/ihtIlejaF8— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) August 15, 2021
"Istanbul!" wrote Atwood while sharing photos of the demonstration in Istanbul's Kadıköy district in protest of the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) reluctance in developing policies to protect women.
"We remind you each day that we are the granddaughters of witches you couldn't burn, and we own up to our freedom. We will never leave our lives and our rights up to you," the women said during the protest.
"Screw your concept of family!" was one of the signs carried by the women in reference to the AKP government's, specifically President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's, withdrawal of Turkey from the Istanbul Convention on the grounds that the international treaty threatened the Turkish concept of family.