We’d like to send a virtual thank-you to everyone who has joined the most recent #challengeaccepted movement by posting #blackandwhitephotos of themselves on social media. Yet, we realized that not many know the reason for the most recent uprising of this famous hashtag.
Turkish women recently have started using the hashtag to raise awareness for violence against women in Turkey, after a 27-year old was murdered by her boyfriend. Generally, a black and white photo of the murdered women (mostly by their ex-husband or ex-boyfriend) is used on social media, newspapers, or on TV when sharing the news in Turkey.
The #blackandwhitephotochallenge started as a way for women to raise their voices against violence and stand in solidarity with the women whose lives have been lost. Please share this information if you want to support this movement so the message does not get lost in translation and so that the challenge won’t lose its meaning.
If you are looking for ways to help, please consider donating to the Turkish Philanthropy Funds Gender Equality Fund. We work with many organizations in Turkey that are fighting violence against women to change the understanding of the society of “what a woman can or can not do.”