In Solidarity with Boğaziçi University
ATGENDER, The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation, stands in solidarity with the students and faculty of Boğaziçi University, who have been protesting the appointment of a new rector Melih Bulu by the government. The new rector is not a member of Boğaziçi University, and his appointment without elections violates the established practice. These protests have been brutally suppressed by the police, and LGBTQI+ students have been especially targeted. As of the 11th of February, students continue to raise their voice, and faculty members to silently protest, gathering every day in the main lawn of the campus, their backs turned to the office of the rector. We call upon the Turkish government to respect academic freedom and university autonomy.
The Board of AtGender, The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation