A campaign on the rights of women survivors of violence and their children to access support and protection

WAVE’s press release about Step up! Campaign: 

1 in 3 women in Europe experiences physical or sexual violence. Yet, the states to which women pay taxes fail to ensure satisfactory access to specialised support services. Only 15 out of 46 European countries provide a specialised helpline and Europe is lacking at least 47,000 women’s shelter places. Support centres for rape and sexual assault are not available. Discrimination hinders most vulnerable women from accessing support! "There is a serious under-investment in specialised support services in many countries in Europe and as a consequence women have nowhere to turn for adequate help. We call on EU authorities, national governments and other interested parties in society to STEP UP investments to stop violence against women!" (Rosa Logar, WAVE President)

From 11 countries and 40 Women’s and LGBTI organizations, 200 participants were present at Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter Foundation’s Conference entitled “Policies on Women’s Shelters and Solidarity Centers against Male Violence throughout the 2010s: Sharing Experiences from Turkey and Europe”, organized on 26th and 27th of February at Kadir Has University, Istanbul.

Politics of Women’s Shelters, Solidarity Centers and Solidarity against Male Violence throughout 2010s: Sharing Experiences from Turkey and Europe. Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter Foundation, is organizing a conference entitled “Politics of Women’s Shelters, Solidarity Centers and Solidarity against Male Violence throughout 2010s: Sharing Experiences from Turkey and Europe”, on the 26th and 27th of February at Kadir Has University Cibali Campus, Block D, Convention Hall. The purpose of the conference is to share international experience in the subject of violence against women and to strengthen the communication among the women’s organizations that are active in the field.

Mor Çatı, in its 25th anniversary, keeps up solidarity with women and children who were subjected to domestic violence, in its solidarity center and shelter. Women who are struggling for building nonviolent lives reinforce themselves through social, psychological and legal supports they receive from Mor Çatı.

Arkaoda will be hosting a special solidarity and fun raising bazaar event that brings together some important NGO’s and co-ops.

The reactions from all parts of the society to the rape and subsequent murder of Özgecan are undoubtedly significant since they offer an opportunity towards the elimination of femicide and prevent men from practicing violence against women. However, most of the discussions do not give any hope of improvement in this respect, because political actors or groups, the government in particular, are reluctant to recognize their responsibility in Özgecan’s murder. Özgecan’s murder is discussed as an isolated case, a murder conducted by a thug only. Consequently, men who run from one demonstration to the next and make one statement after another seek to position themselves outside this cycle. Özgecan’s murder, however, is not a coincidence.

You cannot assess Özgecan’s rape and murder as independent from male violence and politicians who continuously speak about women and intervene in women’s laughter and décolleté and distinguish between ‘chaste’ and ‘unchaste’ women. You cannot analyze rape by isolating it from its male perpetrator and patriarchy.