More than a 1,000 Turkish women ride their bikes across the Bosphorus Bridge to denounce domestic violence against women on International Women's Day. Gavino Garay reports.
Armed with their bicycles, thousands of Turkish women are taking to this bridge in Istanbul to end violence against women , as they mark International Women's Day. And they're more than just making their voices heard. They're making themselves seen. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, SEVDA TUVEL, SAYING: "We are here to say no to violence against women. That is why we will cross the bridge today. That's our slogan. We raise our voice against domestic violence all together." A human rights monitor says close to 300 women were murdered in Turkey in 2014 - a roughly 30 percent increase from the previous year. Some are here to remember the memory of a 20-year-old woman who was stabbed to death after she purportedly tried to fight off her rapist with pepper spray. Her case became a rallying point, prompting protests and condemnation by politicians.