As word spreads about America's "empowerment" Instagram selfies inadvertently drowning out a Turkish women's rights campaign , many who posted black-and-white photos are now asking how they can assist women in Turkey. It's a worthwhile cause—in addition to skyrocketing rates of violence against women in Turkey, in , the country ranked th out of countries in terms of the gender gap. The Istanbul Convention is a human rights treaty designed to offer better protection for survivors and victims of domestic violence, and to enforce appropriate punishments on those that commit it. It was ratified in Turkey in , but is under threat of withdrawal by the current administration.
Protests in Turkey over brutal murder of young woman
So I clicked on the hashtags in an attempt to find out, only to have my confusion compounded. I took the time to scroll through hundreds of tagged photos. And the only thing I felt challenged by was the narrowness of representation on display. Occasionally Instagram's algorithm would permit me to see a woman over a size 8 or the age of 45—but they were few and far between. There were some women of color featured, but overwhelmingly, it was a sea of whiteness.
Women hit the streets and take to social media after ex-partner reportedly confesses to killing Pinar Gultekin, University student Pinar Gultekin, 27, was killed in the Aegean province of Mugla. She was reported missing last week and was found dead in the woods on Tuesday. According to autopsy results, Gultekin was strangled and her body placed in a barrel, which was then burned and had concrete poured on it.