Suzy Hansen is a writer in Istanbul.

NYR DAILY

Turkey’s Women Strike Back

Police detaining a woman during protests at Kizilay square in central Ankara, June 16, 2013

In June, the protest that began as a tiny demonstration against the destruction of Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square morphed into a large-scale, country-wide standoff with the Turkish government that has been followed around the globe. Since then, five people have died, some eight thousand have been injured, and hundreds of professionals, students, and workers have been arrested; still, the protests continue. What hasn’t been much noted abroad is how many of the activists closest to the front lines are women.