“I was 9 when the pogrom happened. We were living on the Emlak Street as it was called back then. I remember men shouting inside the trucks. They were shouting: ‘Cyprus is Turkish. Hang your flags. Turn on the lights!’ Right across our home, there was a furniture store...
In Istanbul, “March against Battering” was held as the first permitted and mass women’s protest after the 12 September 1980 military coup d’état. The protest started at Kadıköy Pier and continued until the meeting at the Yoğurtçu Park. The march was organized by women from the Feminist and the...
After women in Istanbul started the Campaign against Battering, feminists in Ankara decided to organize a street protest against battering. They planned to sell flowers, and pins with “Don’t beat mothers” written on them at the Gençlik Park on Mother's Day. Pins and flowers were prepared. They also prepared...
Istanbul Convention (the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence) is the first most comprehensive and binding international document that aims at prevention of violence against women. The Convention determines the measures that should be taken by the states to prevent all forms of...
Çatlak Zemin is a website which has been maintained voluntarily by a group of feminists since 2016. This group is composed of women from Turkey who live in different cities of Turkey and abroad. Çatlak Zemin was founded by women who have been involved in feminist movement and activism for years and...
The original novelty and the exciting aspect of feminist strikes lies in their success to synthesize the struggle against patriarchy with the struggle against capitalism in a mutually enriching way as well as to put into practice a criticism which is more multi-layered than all the previous criticisms directed...
As feminists who would like to take issue with the text "The Bad Feminist’s Manifesto", which was published on the website 5Harfliler a couple of weeks ago, we came together in a roundtable to sketch out what this manifesto made us think. "Personal is political", a section from...
There are some people in this topsy-turvy world who reduce patriarchy to biology and link it to the locker rooms, and therefrom formulate a toxic rape-fear, and in so doing, legitimate disavowing people's identities, and call all this feminism. Last summer the TERF affair came to the fore following the...
This interview with Marta Lempart, one the organizers of the Polish Women's Strike (Strajk Kobiet), took place at the WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe) Conference in Talin on October 7-9, 2019. Though a year has passed over the interview, we believe it to be quite timely as a means for...
Who needs all these useless injunctions about what can and cannot be done and which pose obstacles before collective living practices and create new hierarchies, new relations with authority, and new submissions? In a world where age is used to remind people of their place, challenging the limits has its...