A darker origin story comes from Turkey. Where it was said to have started by Turkish Women as a response to the increase in femicide rate and the conservative government laws. According to a study about 42% of Turkish Women between the age of 15-60 have experienced domestic and sexual violence. The honor killing rates in the country are also alarmingly high.Several sources report that the campaign broke out as a form of protest against violence faced Turkish women, which has hit an all-time high during the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge is said to have re-surfaced when a 27-year-old Pinar Gultekin a university student was reported missing on July 16 and found brutally murdered by her former partner in the woods five days later. It was started as a ridicule on how any women can loose their lives in the hands of conservative government laws and have their B&W picture appear in newspaper. However this is also subjected to a debate.
There is also speculation that a female U.S Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called out by a very sexist comment by her male colleague during her speech in the house of representatives. Many believe that this might have led to an increase in social media posts emphasising female empowerment and women supporting women.
However many have expressed doubts about the trend, offering more tangible ways to support other women then simply posting a good looking image of oneself. The relevance of any empowering social moment is lost if the meaning of it is not delivered just as strongly as it’s aesthetics.
Over the past several days, many Instagram feeds have been overrun with black-and-white images of our favourite celebrities accompanied by captions about “supporting women.”
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Here’s one for the challenges! When women unite, the exhilaration of victory knows no bounds. Challenge accepted my wonderful girls. Let’s always remain each other’s biggest asset ❤️ @anujasani @deepti_rinks @nishaaggarwal @sumchronicles @eshayak @juhi30 @priyankabhatt @stylebyami @nkdivya @tinatales @artysangria @tanyarao9
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#challengeaccepted We rise by lifting others ✨#womensupportingwomen ❤️To all the amazing ladies who have messaged me I’m truly grateful for your support! To let me be who I am. Without any judgement 🙏🏼 just your pure love that gives me more strength everyday 💪🏼How awesome, we, as women can don numerous avatars 🤩A warrior spirit , a brave heart, a strong mind , a kind soul. And the ability to go above and beyond for each other is what I wish for us ! 😘😃 let’s shine together 🌈 What an incredible display of solidarity ! Loving all the beautiful B&W pics! 😍