Undaunted Voices of Turkey

Undaunted Voices of Turkey: Stories of Women Who Resist

There was a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016. In the aftermath, the Turkish authorities sacked or suspended tens of thousands of public employees, and persecuted thousands of civilians as reported in international media. Some were imprisoned without any formal charges or were tortured in jails. News media have reported on the political aspects of Turkey’s coup, but few have documented the true impact of the turmoil on people, mainly women, and children. As an independent group of women, we have volunteered to share the stories of women who have deeply suffered from the purges but insisted on resisting the oppression. In these stories, you will listen to the women who fight and resist oppression in various ways: women finding creative ways to financially support their family as the only breadwinner; families who had to flee the country due to fear for their lives; mothers of babies who learned to crawl and had their first steps in jail; and many more. What you will also find is the love and courage that gave them resilience to fight hardship, and the continuous hope that kept them from giving up. Website: http://sites.bu.edu/storiesofwomen/  | Email: uvt@bu.edu | Twitter: @undauntedvoices | FB and Instragram: @undauntedvoicesofturkey

There was a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016. In the aftermath, the Turkish authorities sacked or suspended tens of thousands of public employees, and persecuted thousands of civilians as reported in international media. Some were imprisoned without any formal charges or were tortured in jails. News media have reported on the political aspects of Turkey’s coup, but few have documented the true impact of the turmoil on people, mainly women, and children. As an independent group of women, we have volunteered to share the stories of women who have deeply suffered from the purges but insisted on resisting the oppression. In these stories, you will listen to the women who fight and resist oppression in various ways: women finding creative ways to financially support their family as the only breadwinner; families who had to flee the country due to fear for their lives; mothers of babies who learned to crawl and had their first steps in jail; and many more. What you will also find is the love and courage that gave them resilience to fight hardship, and the continuous hope that kept them from giving up. Website: http://sites.bu.edu/storiesofwomen/ | Email: uvt@bu.edu | Twitter: @undauntedvoices | FB and Instragram: @undauntedvoicesofturkey

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