We have seen a lot of challenges pop up on social media and receive massive attention due to people now always being online due to lockdown.
Recently many women have been tagged to participate in the black and white selfie challenge but some don't know how it all started.
The challenge is a very serious gesture of defiance in support of Turkish women. Turkey has one of the highest femicide rates in the world and last week a 27-year-old university student’s body was found in the Aegean district of Mugla after she had been missing since 16 July after stepping out of her flat. Police managed to track her movements via CCTV which led to an arrest.
This is a sign of Turkish women saying enough it enough.
Dr Pragya Agarwal posted a lengthy explanation of the challenge on her Instagram page, telling her followers exactly how this all started.
"Black and white selfies. It isn’t just a game of hot or not. Or an exercise in vanity. It is not just a mindless challenge that women are undertaking to post their sexiest snaps. These are some of the criticisms that this #challenge has faced. It is a very serious gesture of defiance in support of the Turkish Women (Turkey has one of the highest femicide rate), in support of Pinar Gultekin who was killed in the most violent manner, in support of every woman who has felt threatened and unsafe. This is show of solidarity to say that we stand together, we are unafraid, we are fed up of the lack of accountability for the perpetrators. This was started by Turkish women to say that they are appalled by the Turkish govt decision to withdraw from the Isanbul convention much like Poland. This is to say that no woman stands alone, we deserve to take up space, we are all #womensupportingwomen This is not just performative, this is hopefully not just tokenistic, this is for PINAR GULTEKIN. Say her name!!" she captioned the Instagram post with her black and white selfie.