Dozens of celebrities all over the world have posted black and white pictures of themselves to voice solidarity with victims of femicides in Turkey.
The celebrities, including Ellie Goulding, Christina Aguilera, Milla Jovovich, Cobie Smulders, Eva Green, Florence Pugh, Halsey, Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Emmy Rossum, Evan Rachel Wood, Sophia Bush, Demi Moore, Vanessa Hudgens, AnnaSophia Robb, Salma Hayek and Demi Lovato, shared pictures of themselves either in their stories or timelines, while also pointing to violence against women and femicides in Turkey.
The trend began after women in Turkey said that they don’t want to see their pictures in black and white in newspapers after they are killed.
Most of the celebrities were seen to be sharing information on the Istanbul Convention, which aims to combat violence against women, and how the Turkish government aims to withdraw from the convention despite the increasing number of femicides.
They also shared information on the murder of Pınar Gültekin, whose death prompted outrage in Turkey on July 21.
Gültekin, who was killed by Cemal Metin Avcı, is the latest woman to be murdered by men in Turkey. Femicides are a grave problem in the country, where women get killed or beaten every single day.
Data shared by We Will Stop Femicides Platform reveals the extent of the problem, with at least 146 women killed in the first six months of 2020, 474 in 2019, 440 in 2018, 409 in 2017, 328 in 2016, 303 in 2015, 294 in 2014 and 237 in 2013.
While women continue to get killed on a daily basis, the sentences given to men are far from being deterrent.
Women’s rights groups say that the increasing violence against women cases stem from the government’s policies of protecting men.
The most recent example to it is the government’s willingness to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention.
“#Challengeaccepted,” “#womensupportingwomen” and “#IstanbulConventionsaveslives” are among the hashtags used by the celebrities.