- Title: Turkish women march in women's rights protest in Istanbul
- Date: 29th July 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JULY 29, 2017) (REUTERS) WOMEN HOLDING BANNER READING (Turkish): "DON'T MESS WITH MY OUTFIT" AND CHANTING SLOGANS WOMEN CHANTING (Turkish): "DON'T MESS WITH MY OUTFIT" MEN HOLDING UP LGBT FLAG AND BANNER DEFENDING WOMEN'S RIGHTS VARIOUS OF WOMEN MARCHING WOMAN CLAPPING DEMONSTRATOR MERVE MARCHING WITH HER FRIEND (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH DEMONSTRATOR, NURCAN UCAR, SAYING: "We took to the streets against rapes and sexual assaults in our country. We are talking. We will not remain silent and we don't want to stop. We want to put an end to these incidents. Therefore I call on all women to take to the streets and I support them in defending themselves. Because if I stop talking, if she stops talking, everybody will stop talking and when it happens to us, we will ask, why didn't we talk?" VARIOUS OF SHORTS BEING HELD UP (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH DEMONSTRATOR, MERVE, SAYING: "As you see my friend is not wearing a headscarf but I do. I have the right to dress freely as much as she does. Nobody can mess with their miniskirts and shorts just like they can't mess with our headscarves. If she can wear whatever she wants so can I. Nobody should criticise or exclude me because I am wearing a headscarf." VARIOUS OF WOMEN MARCHING GIRLS MARCHING
- Embargoed: 12th August 2017 19:05
- Keywords: Turkey women rights Istanbul rights march sexual assault Turkey protest Turkey women
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Fundamental Rights/Civil Liberties,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RRSG93
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hundreds of Turkish women marched in the country's biggest city of Istanbul on Saturday (July 29), in protest against violence and animosity they say they have faced from men demanding they dress more conservatively.
The march, dubbed "Don't Mess With My Outfit", started in the Kadikoy district on the Asian side of the city.
The march was in protest at increasing verbal and physical attacks against women in Turkey for their choices of outfits, with some women being assaulted publicly.
In June, Asena Melisa Saglam, 21, was attacked by a man on a public bus in Istanbul for wearing shorts during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Footage of the incident showed the man hitting Salgam while the bus driver watched from the driver's seat.
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