Turkey’s opposition HDP lawmakers join global women’s strike

HDP lawmaker for Istanbul, Filiz Kerestecioglu

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentary group deputy co-leader and Istanbul MP Filiz Kerestecioglu issued a statement on Wednesday declaring that the HDP’s women deputies will participate in the Global Women’s Strike on 8 of March.

“We have always struggled to survive, to get education, to go to the schools we want, to seek our right to the invisible labor we perform in the household, to exist in the streets that men can freely wander and to get rid of the politicians who capitalise on our bodies for their own political purposes,” the statement read.

Kerestecioglu said women in the US after the election of Donald Trump, “symptom of bigger problems,” have joined women protesting against male violence and for the right to abortion, from Latin America to Italy, and from Poland to South Korea.

“An anti-capitalist feminist uprising is emanating against the political, cultural and economic attacks targeting Muslim, immigrant, working or unemployed women, women from different ethnic identities, lesbians or transgendered identities,” lawmaker Keresticioglu said, and that her woman MP colleagues would quit parliamentary work on 8 March.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March.