Rosa women's association vows to continue its fight

After the raid on the Rosa women's association and the arrest of several members, the institution announces that it will continue its fight against violence against women. An international hashtag campaign will take place on Thursday.

After the raid and the arrest of many of its members at the weekend, the Rosa women's association in Amed (Diyarbakir) announces the continuation of its work. The chairperson of the association, Adalet Kaya, and several members were arrested at the weekend together with politicians of the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) and DBP (Democratic Regions Party) and activists of the Free Women’s Movement (TJA) as suspected members of a terrorist organisation. Through the social media, the association has pledged solidarity with the 18 accused in the investigation and said: "The only institution in which our members are organised is the Rosa association. The attack on us and the fabricated accusations are intended to silence the voices of women who have experienced violence. Perpetrators of violence are thus strengthened. We will continue our work. Long live women's solidarity!”

The association calls for participation on Thursday in a worldwide social media campaign under the motto #AllWomenProtestViolence:

"While Covid-19 is sweeping the world, governments are busy discussing the 'new normality'. On May 28, let us remind those who, under the guise of normality, want to criminalize our actions and delegitimize our rights that we, the women of the world, stand together against patriarchal violence!”