It’s most certainly not unusual for men to support the fight for equality and women’s rights. But it is if they choose to wear miniskirts while they do it.
Ozgecan Aslan, 20, who allegedly fought off a sexual assault before her body was left on a riverbed next to a cemetery, burned and abandoned, found just days after her family reported her missing.
The Twitter hashtag #OzgecanAslan prompted thousands of tweets, with many women posting photos of themselves clad in black.
In recent days, #ozgecanicinminietekgiy, translated as “wear a miniskirt for Ozgecan,” has begun circulating, often accompanied with a photo of a man wearing a short skirt.
Prominent Turkish lawyer and activist Hulya Gulbahar said the skirt protest is “very effective” and the first time women’s rights have been so widely endorsed in Turkey.
“The women’s movement is trying to tell society, ‘My dress is not an excuse for your rape or sexual harassment.’ But society didn’t want to hear these voices.
“People try to find excuses for rapes and killings. But they didn’t find any in this case, because Aslan was very innocent, purely innocent. The protest shows that a short skirt is not an excuse for rape.”
Her funeral was held Saturday in her hometown, the same day protesters marched in Istanbul and Ankara.
“You will never walk alone,” Anadolu reported they shouted. “We will put an end to female homicides.”