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Women supporting women movement

Date: 30 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Over the past few days, women, including celebrities, have been posting black-and-white images of themselves on Instagram and other social media platforms as a sign of women’s empowerment. 

 

Background

Women part of this campaign are supposed to post a black-and-white photograph of themselves and nominate other women to do the same. These images are accompanied by the caption #challengeaccepted, and is a part of a campaign called “women supporting women”.

 

Details

  • It is claimed that the challenge started in Turkey, where the campaign is associated with raising awareness about femicide in the country.

  • The women in Turkey are getting frustrated overseeing b&w photos of murdered women in the media almost every day, and by posting b&w photos of themselves, it makes the point that anyone of us could be next.

  • Critics of the challenge, however, have called the campaign as supporting a “vague cause” and users from Turkey have called out people for participating in the challenge “without knowing its meaning”, causing many to misrepresent its purpose.

  • There are others who have initiated a different take on the challenge by incorporating racial injustice.

  • This movement is meant to celebrate strength, spread love, and remind all women that supporting each other is everything.

  • Some have said that the resurgence of the hashtag in Turkey was unrelated to the version of the challenge that spread in the U.S.

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