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Holding Up the Photograph: Experiences of the Women Whose Husbands were Forcibly Disappeared

Writer: Özlem Kaya, Hatice Bozkurt

Original Name: Fotoğrafı Kaldırmak: Eşi Zorla Kaybedilen Kadınların Deneyimleri

Publication Date: 2014

Publisher: Hafıza Merkezi - The Truth Justice Memory Center

Translator: Irazca Geray, Liz Amado


This report is based on our field research that focuses on experiences of the wives of the forcibly disappeared people. Our objective in the interviews conducted was to present the dimensions of state violence more holistically through the experiences of the women and analyze state violence with a gender perspective.

In addition to the interviews we conducted during the first year of the study, we did indept interviews with 33 women in Cizre, İdil, Silopi, Güçlükonak, Uludere, Şırnak city centerDiyarbakır and İstanbul. We stress the need to include the experiences of the women, who were left behind, in all processes aiming to uncover the truth.

The expressions of the women were intensively quoted in the report. In addition to the concrete policy recommendations from a gender perspective regarding enforced disappearances, you can also find the general comment of UN Human Rights Council Working Group On Enforced or Involuntary Disappearences on the women affected from enforced disappearances.