“Aurat March” is a protest by some women of Pakistan organized by women’s rights organizations. It was conducted in different cities including Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad.
Any woman from all over Pakistan could take part in this protest holding any sort of placard or banner. The concept that served as an impetus was women’s empowerment. The women primarily demanded equality in the patriarchal male-dominant society.
The placards exhibited different slogans grasping the public attention. Among them were "Mera Jism Meri Marzi ", “Khana khud Karam Karo” and “Mujhe kya maloom Mera moza Kahan hai”
The concept was both endorsed and criticized at the same level. Not only males but many females were against the fact that this is not quite a graceful act.
The main slogan “Mera Jism Mera Marzi” was ridiculed enough and a majority considered it to be a rebellious and obstreperous notion and a threat to our traditions in the social and religious aspect.
What was the manifesto?
Aurat March manifesto is a paper consisting of eight points demanding synonymous and equitable social rights for marginalized gender groups, carved around the principle of “khud-mukhtari” (autonomy) to reconstruct the illustration on violence against our bodies, monetary constraints, and the environment by both community and the state. Primary demands comprise an end to economic violence, end to violence against our bodies, environmental rectitude, reproductive justice, end to state violence, inclusion and non-discrimination of socially vulnerable organizations, protection of rights of religious minorities, democratic rights to assure the independence of expression.
Aurat March proved to be a movement that spurred emotional frenzy among some individuals and a ray of hope for others helping them to come out of the gender restraints.
In my opinion, this topic has touched the extreme and is transgressing the limits and rulings assigned by our religion. The ayahs reveal that man has superiority over the women at least in the mundane perspective and women are bound to obey their husbands. Women on the other hand are far more respectable if taken positively. The Quran has emphasized that women should be covered as valuable things are but the movement if it is solely against women who are being assaulted, harassed, and raped then it is surely the right thing to be done. The independence women demand should be in accordance with our religion.
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