Four hundred and forty pairs of high heels have been hung in Istanbul, commemorating the 440 women killed as a result of domestic violence in Turkey last year. The installation was erected at the centre of the city by artist Vahit Tuna.

"The term femicide is something people are not aware of but we see that they are discussing it but until now they haven't challenged themselves about it. I think this creates awareness and is something that influences people and makes them think," says Vahit.

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In Turkey, shoes are traditionally placed outside the front door of those who die. With the stark structure in such a public setting the rows of silhouettes send a powerful message to passers by.

In Turkey 49 women were reportedly killed in August alone.

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Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

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