For the past week, there have been protests in Turkey against the widespread—and, unfortunately, growing—trend of violence against women. The recent protests were sparked by the murder of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was killed after fighting off a sexual assault from her bus driver.
Women and men are taking to the streets in Istanbul and Ankara, and actually, many of the men have been marching in skirts. Turkish lawyer and activist Hulya Gulbahar explained to CNN the motive behind the skirt-wearing men, which is, simply, "a short skirt is not an excuse for rape."
In addition to protestors wearing skirts, the hashtag #ozgecanicinminietekgiy—translated as "wear a miniskirt for Ozgecan," according to CNN—began circulating on Twitter, and men have been showing their support online.
Thanks to Twitter, the hashtag has been shared thousands of time, including a tweet to 16.6 million people from Emma Watson.
While the miniskirt protest is only a part of the larger, widespread protests, it is bringing attention to the situation in Turkey in an eye-catching—not to mention, highly-shareable—way. Hopefully, the awareness that this hashtag and participants are raising will provide the much-needed impetus to inspire change in the attitudes towards and treatment of women in Turkey.