Instagram is filled with black and white photos with the caption "ChallengeAccepted" along with the hashtag #womensupportingwomen. If you haven't been challenged by one of your friends, you have probably been wondering about it.
The challenge is passed on to encourage women to support other women. However, the trend has a deeper meaning behind it.
In the challenge, women should choose among their friends whom they want to do the trend as well. It is to show support for each other and somehow to raise concerns about women empowerment.
And then, the nominated person should also post a black-and-white photo along with the caption “Challenge Accepted." There are also incorporated hashtags like #womensupportingwomen and #womenimpowerment. The trend is somehow a good way to raise awareness about the importance of women.
But what exactly is behind this Challenge Accepted trend? How did it start?
The urge to post black-and-white photos and the hashtag #istanbulconvention amongst the women of Turkey is related to the abolishment of Turkey's government of the Istanbul Convention, which is the legislation to protect women against violence.
And it also recently relates to the murder of Pinar Gültekin, who is a 27-year-old university student, who was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend. Moreover, 27 women were also killed in the country in June.
The challenge is believed that other women were participating to show their support to the women of Turkey.
However, others are claiming that the challenge really started in Brazil because the Turkish women were using just the hashtag #istanbulconvention without any caption.
It is said that a Brazilian Journalist, Ana Paula Padrão began the trend. She posted a black-and-white photo with a caption “Desafio aceito” which means “Challenge Accepted". Along with her photo, is the hashtag #womensupportingwomen. The journalist's post is believed to be much more accurate than the first one.
But, wherever the trend started, it still raised awareness about domestic violence against women, which is quite impressive. Since violence has surged in this time of the pandemic, it is one way to help spread awareness and support all the women who suffered from abuse.
Celebrities have come to accept the challenge too, including Padma Lakshmi, Demi Moore, and other famous personalities.
Following the Turkey protest, the actress Florence Pugh of “Little Women” posted a photo of her. She captioned it relating to the Istanbul Convention in Turkey. She also included hashtags #istanbulconventionsaveslives, #womenempowerment as well as #womensupportingwomen.
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Challenge accepted. #istanbulconventionsaveslives #womenempowerment #womensupportingwomen - I’ve been told that the true meaning of this hashtag and this b&w photo- ‘It is to shed light onto the Istanbul Convention, women are being subjected to violence and this convention is to end forgiveness for the attacker/murderers.’ With that in mind, adjust your hashtags if you didn’t already do so. Thank you @jessicaroseweiss, @bellathorne and @edibow for inviting me. Let’s ride gals. Post your b&w in support of this movement, these women need the world to hear.
Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Gabriel Union also took part in the trending "Challenge Accepted" posting their selfies of black-and-white.
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Thank you to all the brilliant and beautiful women in my life who sent the most uplifting messages today. Truth be told, I don’t really understand this #challengeaccepted thing…but who doesn't love good reason to support women! Soooo…. challenge accepted! ⠀ ⠀ And while I have you here, maybe the best way we can support other women is to REGISTER TO VOTE for the issues that affect women. Encourage all your friends, girlfriends, sisters, moms, daughters to do the same. The election is right around the corner, and we need to look out for each other AND love each other! 👩🏽🤝👩🏻👩🏻🤝👩🏼👭🏽👩🏿🤝👩🏼❤️