Women, not just in Pakistan but globally, have been deprived of their rights from the very beginning. And it took them over more than a century to gain their rights and freedom, and that too haven’t fully been recovered till date especially in a society like ours.
Therefore, Aurat March was a recent development in the civil society that took place a year ago, generally set with a view to stand against gender discrimination, patriarchy, misogyny, and marginalization. Women from every walk of life together rallied in cities like Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad.
This year again, Pakistani women are set to march on March 8, 2019, i.e. Friday. The march would take place for the awareness of equal social and economic rights for women who are often deprived of their rights as due to the prevalence of gender discrimination and sexism in our society, and raise voice against violent acts including harassment or sexual assaults that women and other underestimated gender minorities go through almost every day.
The Aurat March indicates the worldwide celebration of International Women’s day, which pays tribute to the women who struggle every day, may it be house chores or in their professional lives. It also indicates the appreciation of the social, economic, cultural, and political endeavors of these brave women. The aim of the rally is to raise awareness to put an end to violence, wage equality, education equality, an end to children marriages or honor killings, environmental justice, anti-sexual harassment laws etc.
It is set to take place in Karachi at Frere Hall, and in Lahore beginning from Press Club and ending at Alhamra, which is going to be the second converge of its kind after the last year.
Well this year, there’s some different, as the organizers are expecting a greater response from the masses as compared to last year. The initiative is held by the civil society of the cities and is open to the public, especially women participation is said to be highly appreciated and thus has nothing to do with any political involvement.
The global day marks with the slogan “Aao haqq ki baat karein phir se” (Let’s talk about rights again), and the drive is led by citizen women’s rights group, “Hum Auratain” which includes women from every walk of life like social activists Qurat Mirza, and Sheema Kirmani.
The effort is receiving a huge acknowledgment on social media as well since most of the promotion was done on social media platforms to reach the masses.
Earlier, a press conference was held on March 5, 2019, on the main entrance of Empress Market by the organizers for the official announcement and discussion of the agenda for the rally. Famous classical dancer Sheema Kirmani, and social activists Qurat Mirza, Sasi Lohar, representatives of minority religions, transgender society, and hawker women attended the event.
Although, this initiative is turning lives and has given vital importance to women, it received major criticism on the banner that wrote “Khana khud garam karlo” which provoked men unduly. On the other hand, the campaign was appreciated by masses including men who too participated in the rally to support women.
The walk welcomes everyone who would like to share their voices against oppression, irrespective of their gender, and appreciates your involvement because women in our society must raise a voice!