Instagram users are enjoying the black and white challenge, but the truth behind this hashtag is heartbreaking.
Celebrities and Instagram influencers, models, as well as regular users are posting photos with the hashtag #challengeaccepted. Many women have no idea that behind the hashtag is more than women supporting women.
The Real Story Is In Turkey
Without further due, let's set the record straight. This Instagram challenge is set to raise awareness of the high rates of femicide in Turkey.
Celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Aniston, Tracee Ellis Ross accepted and challenged other females. But it was easy for the message to get lost in the sea of beautiful selfies.
One user from Turkey explained the significance of a challenge. Though many thought it was nothing more than a way to raise the spirits during the pandemic, here's the truth.
Turkish people wake up every day to see a black and white photo of a woman who has been murdered on their Instagram feed, in their newspapers, on their TV screens. The black and white photo challenge started as a way for women to raise their voices. To stand in solidarity with the women we have lost.
Posting a photo and nominating your girlfriend would help if you added the real meaning of this Instagram challenge.
Solidarity And Women Supporting Women
The biggest issue with Instagram or Twitter challenges is that they start with a good cause, but end up as a vanity fair.
There's not much you can do, apart from sharing your story, because each lady had her share of being treated in a certain way by men. Not all, but you know the type, sadly.
It's not a groundbreaking idea, but posting tributes to our heroines, and promoting small businesses run by women, doesn't cost anything.
We don't need any particular reason to support another woman because we're all merely trying to survive and occasionally thrive.
If you're posting a black and white selfie in the following days, or even months, remember why this hashtag started.
COVID-19 And Domestic Violence
Though the numbers from Turkey are heartbreaking, it doesn't come as a surprise.
The brutal murder of Pinar Gültekin inspired this challenge. The protests followed, so really, we're doing our part to give the voice to the voiceless and support the good fight!
Too many women are living with abusers. In the time of the pandemic lockdowns, their lives are at stake every day.
We, as a society, cannot protect each one of these women. Femicide in quarantine is on the rise, and the only thing we can do is check out how are our loved ones handling the situation.
If you know someone who's in trouble, it will help if you talked to the authorities. You might save a life.
Some think that posting a photo and a hashtag is useless. But at least, using social media to express and spread genuine issues is a way to bring us closer.
Naturally, Instagram challenges won't do much, but who knows? Maybe one victim of abuse will see your photo and your story. And perhaps that will give her the strength she never knew she had.
But to truly change the world, we need men. So, ladies, let's celebrate each other and all the good guys who are with us!