Women lawmakers of Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) left a note on their office doors in the parliament and went on strike on Women’s Day for the first time in Turkey’s history.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentary group deputy co-leader and Istanbul MP Filiz Kerestecioglu had issued a statement on Wednesday declaring that the HDP’s women deputies would participate in the Global Women’s Strike on 8 of March.
HDP co-leader Figen Yuksekdag and female lawmakers Caglar Demirel, Nursel Aydogan, Selma Irmak, Gulser Yildirim, Besime Konca and Meral Danis Bestas are still imprisoned pending trial.
The HDP also proposed a new bill in parliament on Tuesday calling for International Women’s Day to be declared a national holiday alongside May Day.
— HDP Kadın (@HDPkadin) March 7, 2017
Video: The HDP’s women members chant “women, life, freedom,” during a International Women’s Day event and call for a ‘no’ vote in the upcoming constitutional referendum.