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Filiz Karakuş

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21 November 1998: The first Assembly of Women’s Shelters

Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter Foundation (Purple Roof), founded in May 1990, opened its first women’s shelter in 1995. In the same period, “independent discussion group” in Ankara came up with a project to open...

14 February 2009: Satı Korkmak was killed on Valentine’s Day

Satı Korkmak was smothered with a television cable by his husband Hasan Korkmak on 14th of February 2009. Feminists were involved in Satı’s case when her family applied to Mor Çatı (Purple Roof Shelter). Hasan...

31 December 2008: Another Purple Needle demonstration in Taksim at New Year’s Eve

On 31 December 2008, feminist women handed out purple needles, symbols of struggle against sexual harassment and assault, in Taksim (İstiklal Street), and said, “We will neither leave the nights, nor the streets, nor...

22 December 2001: Women did not take #19MayMassacre sitting down

On 20 October 2000, hundreds of prisoners commenced a hunger strike to protest the F-Type prisons. On the 45th day of the hunger strike, some of the political prisoners have turned their hunger strike...

9 February 1995: “No to Virginity Testing” protest in front of the Directorate of...

Against the Ministry of National Education Directive on Secondary Education Discipline and Awards which authorizes school principals to demand the schoolgirls to undergo virginity testing, “no to virginity testing” protests began across Turkey. During...

13 January 1993: Feminists from Turkey campaign against mass rape in Bosnia

A group of feminist women came together in January 1993 to discuss tens of thousands of rape assults by Serbian soldiers in various regions of Bosnia. The six republics that made up the Socialist Federal...

7 February 2009: “2009 local elections: We give our feminist word to Beyoğlu!”

In January 2009, the Feminist Collective started to discuss the local elections to be held on March 29, 2009. At first, to nominate a candidate for the position of mayor was just an idea....

27 May 1995: Saturday People/Mothers are at the Galatasaray Square!

Enforced disappearance through which the state targets the political opponents and aims at intimidating those who are left behind became systematized in Turkey in the 1990s. Truth Justice Memory Center (Hafıza Merkezi) collected the...

9 June 2009: European Court of Human Rights’ historic decision against male violence: Nahide...

ECtHR penalized Turkey on June 9, 2009 for not protecting Nahide Akgün (Opuz) from male violence. With this decision, for the first time, a European country has been convicted in a court case pertaining...

14 February 2010: “Men’s Love Kills Three Women Every Day”

14 February 2010: "Men's Love Kills Three Women Every Day" In November 2009, Minister of Justice Ergin announced the statistics pertaining to violence against women and the number of women killed from 2002 to June...