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RECENTLY, my Facebook was flooded with this black and white photo challenge.

Somebody tagged me to do the same challenge, but I wanted to find out what was going on. I did research why most of the people, including my friends, are posting their black and white photo challenge. I acknowledged that the important reason behind it is the growing inhumanity against women in Turkey. About a month ago, I read a piece of writing about this Turkish Artist named Vahit Tuna, mounted 440 pairs of high heels on the facade of a building on a busy Istanbul street, to symbolize the number of girls murdered in domestic or sexual violence in Turkey in 2018. According to a report published by Kadin Cinayetlerini Durduracagiz Platform ( We will Stop Femicide Platform), which keeps records on murders. The platform reported that 49 women were killed by men in August 2019 alone. The latest is the murder of Pinar Gutelkin, a 27-year old woman. She was reported missing and was found dead within the woods in Turkey Southwestern Mugla province earlier this month.

In all regions of the world, women and girls are being abused because of their gender. Although the varied social, cultural, and political contexts produce different sorts of violence, the predominance of violence and its models are remarkably constant and cross-national and socioeconomic boundaries as well as cultural identities. Gender has a significant effect on the form of violence, the circumstances in which it occurs, its consequences, and the availability of legal remedies and medical and social remedies. Because of violence, women are deprived, partially or totally, of the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The most visible aspect of women's torture is sexualized torture. Although men may also be subjected to sexual torture, rape, threats of rape, and other forms of sexual violence are used more consistently against women. Victims of torture already face major obstacles in making complaints or seeking redress. But when rape or other forms of sexual violence are the methods of torture, the most likely is that victims will not complain, because of the shame and fear they feel. With the requirement of evidence, in some countries, women are even at the risk of being accused of adultery and fornication. As a result, the torture of women has often led and continues to lead, to the denial of violence against them and to the impunity of torturers.

How sad to hear that Femicide is still rampaging in different parts of the world. I wanted to speak up and stand against the violence of women and children that is one of the grave violations against human rights. We are all here to stand in solidarity with those women who were victims of femicide all throughout the world. We must also inform women of their rights and empower them so that they can have control over their lives. But it's not just up to women to solve this problem. It requires men to be involved as well. Both men and women must adopt new patterns of behavior and inculcate these new attitudes in their sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, and grandchildren from the earliest ages of childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.

 We are all responsible for helping women make a difference in our society and not hurt them in any form of violence. Women can thrive in a more loving and healthy relationship and we will always give our love and support to them.

The writer is a resident of Susupe, Saipan.

 

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