Truth Behind Trending #ChallengeAccepted Women Posting Black & White Picture On Social Media :-The latest trending social media challenge – #ChallengeAccepted – sees women posting black and white photos of themselves across the globe and nominating other women to do the same. People believed the challenge was started to spread positivity during the pandemic and to encourage women to support other women.
Though the hashtag first gained traction in 2016 as a means to raise awareness around cancer, it has been reimagined in the present day to bolster female empowerment. The resurgence has been tied to multiple injustices faced by women in recent days.
However, many Turkish women took to social media recently to clarify that the latest trend became popular in Turkey as a mark of protest against the growing atrocities against women in the country. The black and white photos were apparently meant to represent how pictures of murdered victims of gender violence end up in black and white in newspapers.
Several sources report that the campaign broke out as a form of protest against violence faced Turkish women, which has hit an all-time high during the COVID-19 pandemic. 27-year-old Pinar Gultekin was one of the most recent victims. The university student was reported missing in the Aegean province of Mugla on July 16 and found brutally murdered by her former partner in the woods five days later. As per the 2019 report of We Will Stop Femicides Platform, a rights group that stands for gender-based violence, 474 females were murdered owing to male violence, “found suspiciously dead at home, on the roadside, at the sea, and by the stream”.
Additionally, the insurgence comes in the wake of the Turkish government attempting to abolish certain aspects of a human right treaty—the ‘Istanbul Convention’—which works to protect women from domestic violence.
In a case of Chinese whispers, what possibly started out as a campaign to generate awareness about the violence against women, turned into a more generic trend for women’s empowerment. This has provoked backlash, with people expressing that the #WomenSupportingWomen campaign has drowned out the originally trending hashtags ‘#kadınaşiddetehayır’ (“Say no to violence against women”) and ‘#istanbulsözleşmesiyaşatır’ (“Enforce the Istanbul Convention”).
Here are some of the posts of celebrities posting #ChallengeAccepted :-