This is an article on violence against women in Turkey, which was published on the website of The Boar, the University of Warwick’s student newspaper. It discusses the response to the murder of Pınar Gültekin by her partner and how it has pushed the issue of femicide and gender based violence back into public discussion, with details of the protests held in the aftermath of her death and the Twitter trend #ChallengeAccepted. It touches upon Turkey’s fraught history of violence against women and how it has increased over the last decade, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also features a discussion of the Istanbul Convention, what it is and what it does, and how it is under threat in Turkey. Links are established between the misogynistic attitudes of Turkey’s political class, the threat to the Istanbul Convention and the escalating growth in femicide and gender-based violence in the country. The article was written exclusively by me, Emma Wilkes, and edited by the Features editor of The Boar, Sabrina Penty.
The editor informed me, with help from the webmaster, that this article received 436 views. It was published as an online exclusive on The Boar’s website, which receives around 120,000 views a month (https://theboar.org/advertising/). Its purpose was to inform students reading The Boar’s online content of the situation in Turkey and to raise awareness of the issue of gender based violence, the purpose and uses of the Istanbul Convention and the threats to its existence in Turkey and overseas. It also established that gender based violence is, within the legal systems of countries that have ratified the Istanbul Convention, a violation of human rights.