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Women’s Day: Pakistani women are marching for their rights

March 8, 2018


It’s International Women’s Day and Pakistani women are out on the streets.

They are marching for basic rights such as equality and justice. Karachi’s women also plan to carry pidarshahi ka janaza [funeral pyre of patriarchy].

Karachi’s Aurat March is happening at Frere Hall and no party or NGO is taking credit for organising. Instead, a group of women have joined hands and are calling themselves ‘Hum Aurtain’. Their demands include an end to violence against women and reproductive justice. ‘Hum Aurtain’ have funded the march through individual donations and have declined funding from any other source.

So far, Frere Hall has had speeches, music and dance. Mai Dhai was also there.

Dr Navin Haider, who faced sexual harassment at Karachi University, spoke about the two years in which she was denied justice.

Sindh University professor Arfana Mallah speaks about the power of women:

Before sunset, women will march on the streets around Frere Hall, carrying a symbolic funeral pyre of patriarchy.

Similar marches are taking place in Lahore and Islamabad.

And there are journalists at the march, too, sharing some real feminist thoughts.

Karachi roars..

And Lahore says “Jub tak aurat tung rahay gi, jung rahay gi jung rahay gi” marching from Hamdard Hall, Lyton Road, onwards.

Islamabad has its fair share of slogans.

Women of Pakistan have some basic demands.

They are challenging prevailing mindsets.


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