A statement was issued by 247 women from Turkey’s publishing industry, including well-known writers, editors, directors and translators, condemning male harassment. This statement followed disclosures in social media relating to the reported harassment of women writers by writer Hasan Ali Toptaş.
“Women’s boundaries and rights are violated by men in power in our sector, as in other sectors. We invite all institutions and organizations to take effective measures against sexual harassment. Underlining that sexual violence is both a crime and a work security issue, we demand the creation of safe environments where women subjected to sexual violence can seek justice so that this crime will no longer stay as a secret behind closed doors”, it noted.