>> Hundreds of Turkish women took to the streets of Istanbul on Saturday protesting against violence and animosity from men who demand they dress more conservatively.>> We took the streets against rapes and sexual assault in our country. We are talking, we will not remain silent and we do not want to stop.
We want to put an end to these incidents, therefore, I call on all women to take the streets, and I support them in defending themselves.>> The march was dubbed, Don't Mess with My Outfit. Women carrying denim shorts on hangers as examples of the type of clothing some men say they find unacceptable.
Protestors say there's been an increasing number of verbal and physical attacks against women recently because of their choice of clothing. Istanbul has long been seen as a relatively liberal city. But critics say President Tayyip Erdoğan in his Islamist rooted AK party has shown little interest in expanding rights for minorities, gays, and women.
Since Erdoğan took office nearly 15 years ago, restrictions on wearing the headscarf have been eased. More women in the mainly Muslim country have chosen to wear it.>> As you see, my friend is not wearing a headscarf but I do. I have the right to dress freely as much as she does.
Nobody can mess with their miniskirts and shorts. Just like they can't mess with our head scarves. If she can wear whatever she wants, so can I.>> Saturday's march was joined by several members of the gay and transgender community that after Istanbul's pride march was banned by authorities late in June.