TJA Istanbul: We defend ourselves!
"We defend ourselves against militarism, sexism, exploitation, homophobia, transphobia, male and state violence, sexual assault and rape," TJA activists declared at a rally in Istanbul to mark November 25.
The Free Women's Movement (Tevgera Jinên Azad, TJA) protested against patriarchal violence in Istanbul's Avcilar district with photos of murdered women. The rally was attended by TJA activists as well as HDP Istanbul branch co-chair Elif Blut and women from the Peace Mothers Assembly.
The women carried a banner with the inscription "Em xwe diparêzin" (We defend ourselves). This is also the motto of the TJA campaign launched in September. The campaign includes struggle against state and male sexual, physical, psychological, digital and economic violence. Signs of the Istanbul activists read "Jin Jiyan Azadî" (Woman, Life,Freedom) and "No Amnesty for Sexual Abuse".
TJA activist Türkan Kocadağ pointed out in a speech that since the murder of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic, male and state violence has penetrated all areas of life; "We will not allow the murdered women to be forgotten. We will call to account all those who murder women who close their eyes and do not prevent femicides. We will defend ourselves."
The activist condemned the attacks on the achievements of the women's movement and said: "We will defend ourselves by resisting militarism, sexism, exploitation, homophobia, transphobia, male and state violence, sexual assault and rape. Also on November 25, we organize ourselves for our lives and our rights. We defend our achievements and ourselves."