The Free Women’s Movement-Europe (TJK-E) has announced it’s 8 March declaration, “We call on all women to make March 8th the day of struggle against fascism, sexism, political oppression, isolation and nationalism,” and called on all women to participate in the protests.
They pointed out the role given to women by the needs and obligations constructed within the boundaries of the patriarchal system should be questioned and that women’s movements must transcend male dominated capitalistic limits.
It was stated that during the pandemic period, violence against women and exploitation increased, “Women did not back down despite all the oppression and violence and they carried out the struggle at the global level,” emphasising that the resistance of Kurdish women grew stronger every year.
The Free Women’s Movement also made reference to the campaign of “100 Reasons to Prosecute Erdoğan for his Femicidal Policies” and condemned the war crimes of the Turkish state targeting women in Shengal (Sinjar) and Afrin (Efrin) targeting women.
Domestic violence and state violence against women has reportedly increased in 2020 in both Turkey and the world. More than 332 women were murdered, 110 women died suspiciously, 33 children were killed and 49 children were exposed to sexual abuse in Turkey, according to the femicide reports in 2020.
Calling attention to crimes against women in all areas of society – from discrimination, harassment and abuse in families and targeting women in war and raising awareness of gender-based violence, the call was to all women to participate the 8 March protests.