Elif Bulut talks about the 4th week of the HDP Women Campaign

The HDP will draw attention to women's suicides and suspicious deaths in 5 cities as part of the “Women are Everywhere” campaign.

The HDP launched a series of actions on 8 June under four main headings: child abuse, law of executions, trustee and co-chairmanship, violence against women.

HDP Istanbul Provincial co-chair Elif Bulut said that they will hold the last leg of their actions in 5 different cities simultaneously and called on all women to support these actions.

Speaking to ANF, co-chair Bulut underlined that each week of the campaign they have been dealing with women issues that are different but actually common. "Every week we addressed an issue. We started this campaign to address the hot topics in the agenda of women. We brought their words to the streets, areas and squares, in order to put these issues on the agenda of people.”

Bulut added: “We started our campaign under four main headings and worked on each one in one week. We marched against the Law of Execution in the second week of the campaign. This law caused women to confront their harassers and murderers. Those who committed this crime continued to kill on the streets. It is a discriminatory law. The third week was dedicated to the issue of trustees and co-chairmanship.

When a trustee is appointed, his first job is to close women's institutions. This week we are dealing with violence against women. We were going to make great marches and events in many places on 5 July and a final event on 12 July, but we decided to postpone these two big events due to the coronavirus outbreak. This week we are making local statements. We are speaking up against murders of women.”

Bulut continued: “Violence against women is not an issue that can fit in a week. In Turkey, where violence is normalized, we need to address this issue by spreading it to other areas. Even academics talk about gender and women. This is a common struggle not only for women within the HDP but for all women's institutions. We have a common struggle. We need to be better organised in order to fence off the government offensive on the bodies of women.”