March is International Women’s History Month. We discuss this with Gail James, Hafza Girdap, and Eyyup Esen. Dr. James has represented various groups at United Nations and other international fora on the status of women. She is also part of the Women’s Equality Coalition of Greater Kansas City. Ms. Girdap is the Executive Director of Advocates of Silenced Turkey, and Dr. Esen is a lead organizer their Kansas City chapter.
A street theater piece on “A Rapist in Your Path” has been performed by groups of women all over the world. Police in Turkey interrupted a performance there and detained several of the dancing protestors. A few days later, female Turkish members of Parliament sang the song in the Turkish parliament. MP Saliha Sera Kadıgil Sütlü then said to the Minister of the Interior, “Thanks to you, Turkey is the only country in which you must have (parliamentary) immunity to participate in this protest.”
Anyone can contribute to improving the documentation women and women’s history in Wikipedia. Miranda Pratt, the Wikipedian in Residence for the Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library helps interested people do just that. More about her and Wiki Human Rights work is available in the February 15 episode of Radio Active Magazine.