Turkish men don skirts to campaign for women’s rights

Men, wearing skirts, march during a protest against domestic violence, in central Istanbul, February 21, 2015. (Reuters)

Some Turkish men have taken to wearing women’s skirts in a bid to campaign for women’s rights, a week after the attempted rape and murder of a woman shocked the country.

After the violent death last week, of 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan, a student in a southern Turkish town who has abducted and stabbed to death by a bus driver - allegedly after a rape attempt - protests, rallies, and campaigns in solidarity with Aslan have been frequent, with many taking place in Istanbul's Taksim square.

News of her killing sparked a widespread public debate about sexual violence in the Turkey. And under the Twitter hashtag “sendeanlat” (tell your story too) many women have started to share their experiences of assault at the hands of men.

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