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The headscarf is no longer sitting

As the Turkish woman two photos Lefife Ünal recently on Twitter, she got to the answer, you should go "to hell". Ünal has posted two self-portraits, the one she shows with head scarf, on the other she is wearing open, her long black hair, with the right Hand she makes the Victory sign. You wrote: "you will have to accept and respect the fact that women are the way they want to be, and not in the way you want it." 10000 Likes she got for that Tweet. And she was admired for her "courage".

"I was surprised," says Lefife Ünal, "I was not particularly active on Twitter." She SIPS tea in a Café, reminiscent of an American Diner, if you remove the water pipe at the next table, and the environment. Bagc?lar an Istanbul district that is as conservative as the people who migrated decades ago, many from the black sea region. "I was born in a village in Samsun, because all women wore a headscarf," says Ünal. "With a head scarf, life has limits, you can't dance, no pants wearing, no lipstick." Ünals lips are red makeup, she is wearing a black turtleneck sweater and Jeans.

Erdogan's campaign

to be able to a few years ago, women in Turkey for their hair to cover the fight. At universities and in government Offices was prohibited. The military and the secular party, CHP, which relies on the founder of the Republic, Kemal Atatürk, saw to it that it remained so. First, Recep Tayyip Erdogan abolished the bans, he had promised his conservative voters: only in 2008, the Unis, 2013 in the state service. Erdogan's daughters had studied before, even in the United States, with a headscarf. He wishes to see a "religious Generation," Erdogan said. As the first "covered" appeared on women in the elegant Istanbul's Malls, were pricked out to other customers. Because girls and women with headscarves were previously mainly for the under layer. This is not so. But now, in the 17th century. The year of Erdogan's rule, device some to Slip – also the assumption that the Turkish company will always be conservative.

Lefife Ünal is not the only woman who has recently posted a double-portrait. There is a small movement, it's running in Turkey under the Hashtags #10YearsChallenge, #1YearChallenge and #YalnizYueruemeyeceksin (You're not going alone). "Three years," says Ünal, you've been tormented themselves with the question of whether you should remove the cloth that you put on with 19, because her family wanted it that way. Now she is 30. The family is clearly not close, "my inner self matches my Outer", was hard. "We have broken each other's hearts." In the meantime, the parents had accepted their step. When she was asked on Twitter whether the two photos show the same Person, she replied: "I'm always me."

The renowned research Institute Konda has found out in 2018, 93 percent of 15 - to 29-year-old Turks use social media. "Our parents grew up with television and Newspapers, since their opinion was not asked, when our Generation is different," says Lefife Ünal, takes her phone and clicks through to your Instagram profile.

It is, ultimately, only a few women venture into the Public, but to overlook them is not like.

busra Cebeci shared her own story; the journalist was a pioneer of the new young women's movement. Already in 2018, she had written a couple of articles about female some conflicts around Religion and family, but the place was until she shared her photos on Twitter. "Men have said to me: Take the cloth, but silent," says Cebeci. That is exactly what you don't want to. Cebeci is 25, she works at a small Istanbul-based TV Station. After a shipment comes in tired from the Studio, but you want to tell, of the many other women who have contacted her. Of the woman who rose to the Istanbul Galata tower, just to experience the top of the Wind in the hair. "The bottom she has put her headscarf back on." Of the other, the photos in front of the mirror, the face of makeup, open hair, and told her: "I can't go out of the house." Just older conservative women, the AKP believed, as the language of women's rights, to be disappointed, says Cebeci. "In recent years, the violence against women has increased, and the men in the party to ignore that." These women were not taken seriously, "the men see the head cloth, and for you there is no woman among them".

Out of fear of attacks make use of a lot of women fantasy names in the net. For example, "Nur": it reveals on the phone that she is a dentist in Ankara. She was grossly insulted, and as a women she defended, offended, put out, you Tweet your confession. Then she put it back into the grid. "Nurs" says: "It is important to be visible and to encourage others."

It may ultimately be only a few women venture into the Public, but to overlook them. Even the state religion office responded, surprisingly mild: Ayse Sucu, responsible for women's issues, said: "The covering" is one of the five pillars of Islam. Not all believers see it this way loose. "Allah, you heal", had to read a woman's to your Before-and-after photos, an other: "You've lost your halo."

voting losses

threaten to do The official restraint – also in government – related media-may be in the middle municipal election. For Erdogan's AKP, more women than men voted usually. Polls say the government party losses in advance of the Voting, especially because of the economic crisis. The feel, the Poorer harder than the Rich. Also, you hear complaints about the rich become party cadres, Islam prescribes modesty. Erdogan, in turn, did not realize that he wants to deviate from the conservative course: a while Ago, he exhorted to motivate the state religious personnel, women and children to the mosque visit.

the women drop their head cloth, irritate but also the Secular, because nothing here fits the stereotype. Because these women "don't run to the Ataturk Mausoleum," as the Roman author Ümit Kivanc wrote, lamenting the division of society, which seems to be almost insurmountable. Therefore, conservative women, whether with or without a headscarf, and also rarely vote for the CHP.

The journalist Cebeci says: "Free women, the many frightened." You want to make it clear: "I am also against the headscarf ban." Every woman should only be able to decide for themselves. Liberal feminists had argued, that women are allowed to study in Turkey with the headscarf. Ten years ago, has established the Institute Konda, wearing every second of the 15 - to 29-Year-old Turkish woman headscarf, today there are 58 percent. "My Beautiful," wrote a woman to Lefife Ünal, "to cover, is not a law of God, it is a Tradition, you can be assured." (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 05.02.2019, 16:49 PM

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