Thursday, 14 February 2013

One billion rising



This is my neighbour giving it her all in protest against violence towards women. Despite an improvement in women's rights in the first 10 years of this century, there now seems to be a backslide in Turkey, with increasing numbers of domestic violent acts  and murders being recorded.  Women in Bodrum today were  vocal  and energetic in their condemnation of these acts and put on a pretty good show in support of the world-wide One Billion Rising campaign.







We were lucky with the weather, rain threatened just before the 1pm deadline for the main dance but held off just long enough for us to keep our pink and purple togs dry.  


An hour later, the heavens opened and we had a spectacular hail and rain storm that battered the roof of the market so loudly that I think a bit of divine participation in the general outcry against violence could be inferred. 

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  1. great atmospheric photos...brilliant. Jx

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    1. I don't usually dance in the street, but made an exception today.

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  2. Glad the rain held off for you. We had it earlier and it was impossible for me to wade through the mud and wait for two buses to get over there. I'm disappointed and wished the weather could have been the same as yesterday. But it looks like it was a huge success.

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    1. The weather to worse and worse and the big outdoor concert for Valentine's Day was postponed until 23rd Feb.

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  3. Most heartening to see even though it's a shame it's necessary in this day and age. One day!!! Axxx

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    1. Unfortunately, the women affected by these issued were probably not allowed to attend.

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  4. Dreadful that it still needs saying...but it does.
    Great photographs...

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    1. Thanks Helen, my daughter took the photos while I was stepping on others' toes.

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  5. Fantastic. Shame we missed it. Let's hope it makes a difference. I hear some of the Belles went off for a boozy lunch afterwards.

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    1. New French restaurant opened with 3 courses for 15 Tl. As you can imagine, it is proving an irresistible draw.

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  6. Thanks, B to B, for the photos. Looked like a great day in spite of the thunderclouds.

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    1. I haven't seen any photos of the Istanbul events yet.

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  7. Amazing and great photos! I'm sad I missed the one in Istanbul, I really would have liked to join in.

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    1. The event was well publicised here via Facebook.

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    2. it was, but unfortunately I was at work :/

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  8. . . long past the time to shake the foundations of macho paternalism. = rights!

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    1. When I left Turkey there was a plan for women's refuges in every large town - did anything ever come of this?

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  9. Hello:
    There is great strength to be gained when many are gathered together in a single cause. This looks to have been a success and, by speaking out, it does encourage others who are not so vocal to also stand up and be counted!!

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    1. Turkish women are a force to contend with.

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  11. Way to go, Annie! That really is a cause worth getting out on the street for and I hope your amazing demonstration helps to raise the profile of such a worthwhile campaign.

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  12. Loved these photos - they really helped to share the energy. They brought me a smile! Hopefully they will bring some much needed attention to important issues facing women around the world.

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    1. I think every one was surprised at the spread of the demonstration, Turklish.

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  13. It's a shame the worldwide event wasn't covered much in the UK press.

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  14. Looks like you had a decent group there! I agree it is unfortunate that we still need to organize events like this, but at least many of the Turkish women are supporting this important issue!

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    1. Bodrum women's organisations are usually on the ball.

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  15. Bodrum looks like it had an amazing event with wonderful energy! Well done!

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    1. Bilge, the young gym teacher/dancer with flying red hair leading the dance , was an inspiration. As long as there are plenty of young women like her around in Turkey, this country will really fly.

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  16. Great pics....glad the weather held up. They had something here in the city also but my daughter had surgery so we couldn't go. But glad to see that Turkish women went out to support. I'm still so very sad over the poor girl from NYC who was murdered and violently killed in Istanbul. :-(

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    1. Very sad affair, but as pointed out in Turkish media, 3 Turkish women murdered in their homes in the same week and weren't mentioned in the news.

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  17. Dear Bodrum, I've been posting for the past four weeks about violence done to women--as I've seen it in my own life and the life of my mother. So the One Billion Rising seemed so appropriate to me. And the turn out of your village is truly impressive. Peace.

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  18. I can understand this Dee. We mustn't let men like Mr. Jackson and your father ruin other girls' lives.

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