#ChallengeAccepted: The Real Reason Behind The Trending Hashtag

Challenge Accepted: From a Femicide to Black and White Photos, What's Going on in Turkey?

#ChallengeAccepted: Femicide in Turkey is the real meaning behind latest social media trend

However, why is it that only the First Daughter who was criticized? Some claimed the campaign started in Turkey with a noble goal that was diluted when it reached the States. Nevertheless, they indicated this latest drive could have more influence if participants moved outside a photograph posting - possibly by inviting support for a company focusing on women's rights.

Instagram's "accepted challenge" trend has gone from being harmless to deaf and back again more than a few times this week.

Over the weekend, you may have spotted a flood of black and white photos of women spreading across all social media platforms, especially Instagram.

The existence of any meaningful debate about a meme campaign focused on women is encouraging, says Katherine DeLuca, an assistant professor of English and communication at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Women have been posting black and white photos of themselves under the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted; there has also been a variety of accompanying slogans and hashtags such as "female empowerment" or "women supporting women".

The challenge works when women nominate each other to post a black and white photo image of themselves that they presumptively like.

Protests in Turkey broke out after a 27-year-old woman called Pınar Gültekin was strangled, burned and murdered by her ex-boyfriend in the Mugla province last week.

Truthfully, there are conflicting theories about the current trend's origins.

As of writing, 6 million photos have been uploaded on Instagram with the #ChallengeAccepted hashtag; and many more have been shared on the social networking site without it. The #WomenSupportingWomen challenge gained traction in Brazil in part from a July 17 post from Ana Paula Padrão, a Brazilian journalist. Before submitting it, the adviser from NY included a caption encouraging individuals to look at their voter registration status and create a plan to vote in November.

Turkish Instagrammers used the hashtag # İstanbulSözleşmesiYaşatır, which refers to the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe's human rights treaty to prevent domestic violence against women.

Turkey is considering withdrawing from the convention, which has spurred mass protests in the country.

Instagram told CNN the Turkish movement didn't appear related to the more recent trend based on its analysis.

Turkish philanthropist, Zeycan Rochelle, explained to CBS News that there is a tragically high number of murders among women in Turkey as a result of domestic abuse. Now, they are posting their own photos to stand in solidarity with the women lost to extreme violence.

The group took up reporting killings of women after the Turkish government stopped counting them in 2009, NPR reported in 2019.

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