“Our life, our rebellion, our struggle: feminism”—that was the slogan under which the 16th Feminist Night March took place Thursday night in Istanbul.
It is a march that is meant exclusively for women, and the participants explain why: “We live in a country where patriarchal culture dictates that women must always be accompanied by a man. Marching alone is the necessary sign of a profound break.” The organizers issued the following accusatory statement: “We live under a state of emergency, managed according to the logic of war, we are subject to attacks that are increasing every day and are increasingly being tolerated. They want to take away our peace of mind. We will meet for the march, and from it we will come back stronger together.”
We conducted an interview with an activist for Kadav, a feminist and LGBTI+ association conducting projects for fighting gender violence, promoting job placement, and offering support for prison inmates, and which, in addition to providing legal and psychological support, has set up a free telephone line dedicated to combating gender violence.