The Aurat March is an annual feminist rally held in Pakistan on International Women’s Day, March 8th. This rally is conducted every year across major cities in an attempt to raise awareness about women’s rights.
However, despite thousands of people joining the pact, there are still many people who oppose this movement. This time around, things got a bit messy as the women and transgender individuals in the Lahore protest were injured.
Moreover, a group of men chanting ‘mard march’ also created a negative environment. Nonetheless, this did not break the spirit of the protesters. They went on with complete energy, zeal and zest.
Aurat March 2023
While there were several pros and cons of Aurat March 2023, we wanted to highlight a few that took over social media.
Men for Women
The beauty of Aurat March has always been the men who have supported this cause. Men of all ages came out to show their support for the women in their families, and for the women of Pakistan.
All Walks of Life
People from all walks of life participated.
At #AuratMarch I saw women from all walks of life, like this brave woman who was walking with a cane. She waited and marched till the end. Transwomen, working women, differently abled women were all there! This is intersectionality, this is Aurat March !
#Pakistan #عورت_مارچ pic.twitter.com/4K8LT8hcsn
— Mavra Bari (@MavraBari) March 9, 2023
Calling Out Maria B
Designer Maria B was also dedicated a few posters at the march. Maria is often on social media calling out transgenders and other individuals for promoting ‘anti-islamic’ practices.
Starring Violence in the Face at Aurat March, Lahore
Despite being beaten with batons, the women and trans individuals did not step back and continued protesting for their rights – now that was a sight to see.
Friends from @AuratAzadiMarch are rightly upset. The Islamabad police had NO business laathi charging a small peaceful procession. It is the women holding laathis that need to be pushed back, not progressive women. Sad to see this happening. Will seek an inquiry
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) March 8, 2023
These brave men and women marched for women’s rights at the Aurat March despite facing resistance from religious groups and local authorities.
Understanding The Cause
The movement began in 2018, with the aim of highlighting the issues faced by women and marginalized communities in Pakistan and promoting gender equality and women’s rights.
The Aurat March is organized by a collective of feminist activists, and the rally attracts people from all walks of life, including women, transgender people, non-binary people, and men who support women’s rights.
The marchers carry placards and banners with slogans calling for an end to gender-based violence, discrimination, and harassment, and demanding greater rights and representation for women.
The Aurat March has been the subject of controversy in Pakistan, with some conservative groups opposing the movement and accusing the organizers of promoting immorality and Western values.
However, supporters of the movement argue that it is an important platform for raising awareness about issues that affect women and marginalized communities in Pakistan, and promoting greater gender equality and social justice.
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