Whole of Turkey marked in map showing unsafe places for women

A map displaying the places in Turkey where women feel unsafe has showcased the country’s long-standing gender-based violence problem.

Thousands of women have virtually marked the entirety of the country as unsafe on a map, which is part of a UN campaign titled “Light the Dark with Fireflies,’’ news site Bianet reported.

The campaign urged women to place a firefly on streets where they feel unsafe, on a map created as part of the project by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Launched on the occasion of Nov. 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the project will continue until Dec. 10, the first day of Human Rights Week, Bianet said.

"The 'Light the Dark' campaign aims to end violence against women in public spaces and contribute to create safer cities and violence free public spaces. The inspiration of the campaign is fireflies, which communicate with and protect one another with their blinking lights,’’ the UN said regarding the project. 

The UN is calling on women to support and engagement in the campaign by using the hashtags in Turkish #ateşböcekleri (fireflies) and #karanlığıaydınlat  (enlighten the darkness), it said.

The killing of a 20-year-old university student, who was stabbed to death by an escaped convict earlier this month in northern Turkey, has been the latest incident that reigniting a discussion of femicide and violence against women in the country. 

At least 302 women were killed throughout Turkey between Jan. 1 to Nov. 20 of this year and more than 2,600 women have been murdered in Turkey since 2010, according to Istanbul-based watchdog We Will Stop Femicides .