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    Turkish feminist writer Duygu Asena buried yesterday in Istanbul

    Hürriyet Haber
    02.08.2006 - 10:11 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkish writer and women's rights defender Duygu Asena, who died this week after a long battle with brain cancer, was buried yesterday amidst a throng of female supporters and yellow roses. Women flanked the front rows of prayers yesterday at the Tesvikiye Mosque in Istanbul, and then lifted Asena's coffin, which was covered in the yellow roses she was known to love, and carried it in and out of the mosque area.

    This was a noteable break from tradition, which dictates that men usually carry the coffins of the dead in Muslim funerals. After the prayer service at the Tesvikiye Mosque, Asena was put to rest in Istanbul's historical Zincirlikuyu Cemetary.
     
    The first ceremonies in honor of Asena occured yesterday morning at the Vatan newspaper's offices in Istanbul. Speaking to the crowds, journalist Hasmet Babaoglu said "In terms of women's place in society, Asena was a first. Women now have a name. For a long period of time, Duygu Asena was a flag name for all women in Turkey." One of Asena's most famous works was her novel, "Women have no name."
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