Participating in the Million Women Rise 2020 – London March, members of the Human Rights Solidarity Women Rights and Gender Equality Committee raised the women rights violations in Turkey.
Volunteers of the Peaceful Actions Platform and Human Rights Solidarity tried to tell the story of the persecuted women of Turkey, the children of incarcerated mothers growing in prison cells and arrested pregnant women through a walking prison cell hosting a mother with her new-born baby.
At the Trafalgar Square Rally that followed the march, a volunteer of the Human Rights Solidarity was called to the stage as Miss Anonymous to give her “Ain’t I a woman?” speech. The speech referred to Melek Cetinkaya, the mother of a military cadet sentenced to life imprisonment on bogus charges, and Zekiye Atac, mother of Ahmet Atac who is fighting a cancer among other persecuted women.
The placards of the Human Rights Solidarity volunteers hosted names like Hanim Busra Erdal, Aysenur Parildak, Figen Yuksekdag and Acun Karadag. The volunteers also chanted for the release of imprisoned women journalists from all around the world, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British Iranian journalist arrested in Iran, and Gulmira Imin, Uyghur journalist jailed in China.
Human Rights Solidarity is a UK based human rights platform prioritising the “rights of the future generations on ours”. Million Women Rise is a London based NGO founded in 2007. It organizes Million Women Rise marches every year on the week of International Women’s Day trying to raise awareness about violence against women. Accepting only women to march, the Million Women Rise is attended, globally, by over half a million women.
This year’s London March was attended by over 10,000 women and a limited number of men also joined at the Trafalgar Square Rally.