Turkey’s opposition HDP lawmakers go on Global Women’s Strike

"Whether you like it or not the new culture is going to be created by women" reads the banner as a Kurdish woman holds a poster of imprisoned HDP co-leader Figen Yuksekdag, 7 March 2017

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.

“We are on strike” reads the note on the HDP women’s office door in parliament.

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.

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.