Women’s solidarity as a resistance strategy against liberal identity politics in Turkey IIIS Discussion Paper No.153 /May 2006 Women’s solidarity as a resistance strategy against liberal identity politics in Turkey Melissa Bilal, Department of Music , Chicago University IIIS Discussion Paper No. 153 Women’s solidarity as a resistance strategy against liberal identity politics in Turkey Melissa Bilal Disclaimer Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and not those of the IIIS. All works posted here are owned and copyrighted by the author(s). Papers may only be downloaded for personal use only. Women’s solidarity as a resistance strategy against liberal identity politics in Turkey Melissa Bilal “Women started marching towards each other. We started walking to each other… Once upon a time we were there, on the roads that you’ll take, in the places you will pass today. On the road you will take are our voices, our stories and our traces. You wouldn’t have heard us before because we were silenced, we were scared. Now we are walking with you so that we can overcome our fears. Let’s hold each others’ hands and shout and let our screams merge into each other. Let’s raise each others’ voices. So that no one will suppress our voices against violence any more.” This was the letter by Hay Gin Armenian Women’s Platform to the organizers of “Women are Marching Towards Eachother” campaign that took place in 6-11th July 2002. The idea of the campaign was that “messengers” from various cities would go through the cities, towns and villages on their roads, collecting letters from women about their problems and demands; arrive at Konya, the geographical center of the country, to hold a conference where they would read their reports and letters and discuss the problems and possible solutions. I will tell about this campaign in details in the following lines.