Nationwide demonstrations against gender-based violence are scheduled to occur in multiple urban centers, including Ankara and Istanbul, on Wednesday, November 25. The demonstrations are due to coincide with 'International Day of Struggle and Solidarity Against Violence Against Women'. The movement gained momentum in August after officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) suggested withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention, a treaty focused on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Although the demonstrations are likely to be well attended, previously associated protests have passed peacefully in recent weeks.
A heightened security presence and disruption to travel is to be anticipated in the vicinity of the rallies.
Those in Turkey are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, allow ample travel time, and obey instructions issued by local authorities.