Women from Istanbul and Gebze made a protest for Pippa on April 21, 2008. In the statements read in Istanbul and Gebze, it was emphasized that being a woman is enough to be raped and killed, and that the unjust provocation remissions given in femicide cases are remissions for masculinity and encourage murders.
After Pippa Bacca was killed, many protests took place in Turkey. One of them was the protest made by the “We Are Not Men” initiative on April 19. This was the most striking of the protests made.
The men, who came together with the slogan “We are not men”, first published a notice and then made a protest in Taksim on 19 April. Based on a gender perspective, “We Are Not Men” adopted a discourse that questions male-dominated violence, “masculinity” and that rejects masculinity “if rape, guard of honor, killing, being homophobic, making life and streets unbearable for women is masculinity”. The most important aspect of the initiative was that these men discovered the connection between themselves and their masculinity and started to criticize this when a man raped and killed Pippa.
Murat Karataş, who killed Pippa Bacca, was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. The court board, exercising discretion, reduced the aggravated life imprisonment sentence to life imprisonment.
Translator: Gülcan Ergün
Proof-reader: Müge Karahan