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Aurat March 2021: Here are some of the best placards

People gathered in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Quetta

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 10, 2021 | Last Updated: 11 months ago
Posted: Mar 10, 2021 | Last Updated: 11 months ago

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Hundreds of women, men and transgender people took to the streets and protested against patriarchy on International Women’s Day across Pakistan.

This time, the marchers asked for better healthcare facilities for everyone as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some of the best placards from Aurat March 2021.

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“Let the court handle it, yaar. And when they did, the men got off scot-free.”

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“If you like the dupatta so much, why not blindfold yourself with it?”

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“Sexual harassment is unacceptable in educational institutions.”

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“No father, no uncle. Woman will fight her own fights.”

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“Cuts in education budgets are unacceptable.”

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“I have aged before time because all my life is spent fetching water,” read a placard held by a woman in Sindh. In some parts of Sindh, women travel long distances just to access drink water.

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“There has been hardly any discussion on marital rape over the years.”

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There was dance and music.

“No one can treat women like their property.”

In 1985, Zia prohibited women from wearing saris. Iqbal Bano, clad in a black sari, protested by singing this nazm of Faiz Ahmed Faiz to a crowd 50,000 strong in Lahore. This young woman kept Bano’s spirit alive by singing the same nazm.

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8, highlighting and celebrating women’s struggle for their rights, including the right to equal pay and vote, as well as against social evils such as domestic abuse and violence. 

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