There’s a reason France, not Turkey, nominated this film by a French-Turkish director. But plenty in Turkey are also embracing the film and its strong statement against early marriage, incest, rape, virginity tests and the treatment of girls as family property.
In response to the brutal murder of Özgecan Aslan women in Turkey have led street protests and begun a social media campaign to share their accounts of sexual harassment and violence under the hashtag #sendeanlat (you tell your story too). U.N. groups have condemned the killing.
After the High Court declared Massachusetts’ abortion clinic security laws violated the First Amendment, the state passed a law addressing the court’s concerns. Also this week, a Turkish politician was hit with a second social media storm for lashing out at women.
Turkey’s 12th annual gay pride march on June 29 featured plenty of outrage over hate crimes and discrimination against lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender people. But for Iranians, the country is still a haven.