These walks aim to encourage its participants, including SU Gender members, to rethink their relations with the cities they live in and visit. This thinking process also entails recognizing how unequal gender norms, which have been mostly shaped by dominant ideologies, are effective in defining people’s interactions with the material and symbolic forms taken by these spaces. Moreover, discussing notions of human rights, collective memory, hate speech, courage and activism together during the walks help participants discover relations and parallels between different these notions.
The organizers of the walks express that; thanks to the volunteers who compile and narrate the stories, these walks turn into experiences that provide hope and strength to participants and volunteers alike; and the fact that being aware of women who did not give up and continued to create under difficult circumstances of the past and in the face of all kinds of oppression is a source of inspiration for dealing with obstacles and difficulties faced by participants in their own lives.
Civil initiatives in different cities such as Ankara and Antakya also organize memory walks inspired by Curious Steps. Curious Steps also held a training workshop with a small group in Ankara and this group organized a couple of memory walks following the training.