A Changing Pakistan - How Women Are Challenging Patriarchy

Women's rights movements, gender-based violence, repression of female voice, child sexual abuse - there is a change brewing in Pakistan. In this article we detail out all movements pushing for feminism in Pakistan.

Vidhi Bubna
Updated On
New Update
Cab Company Introduces Women Drivers in Pakistan, pakistan feminism

‚ÄúThis is a changing Pakistan, and that change is spearheaded by Pakistani women. You‚Äôve seen the kind of tabdeeli that has been brought by men over the past 70 years. This movement for women‚Äôs rights won‚Äôt just limit itself to women, it will liberate the entire society,‚ÄĚ said senior activist Farzana Bari, former director of the Gender Studies Department at Quaid-e-Azam University.¬†


The ongoing months has seen COVID-19 evolve into a pandemic, successively changing into the focus of worldwide, and local, attention. however, nothing could stop the conjointly value reaffirming protest in March led by women for continuation of an important women's liberation movement, that has the potential of reshaping the country for the higher.

The Aurat March,¬†that¬†began in 2018, is organised annually¬†on March¬†eight¬†which is celebrated as International Women‚Äôs Day globally ‚Äď saw it grow¬†more¬†with increasing numbers across¬†Asian nation.

Placards and slogans are designed to challenge the¬†patriarchal¬†established order¬†and highlight the¬†hindrances¬†for women‚Äôs rights¬†within the¬†country. Rallies are witnessed in various parts of the country. In 2019 with oceans of protestors coming out on the streets to express their solidarity. Its magnanimity in the scale of inclusivity and diversity made people awestruck. People from different¬†social¬†categories, regions, religions, ethnicities and sects came¬†along¬†on¬†a standard¬†platform to protest the multiple patriarchies that oppress, limit and constrain the basic rights of women. From home-based¬†staff¬†to¬†lecturers, from transgender to queer ‚ÄĒ all protested in their¬†distinctive¬†and innovative¬†ways making their presence impactful. Men and boys in tow, carrying¬†corroboratory¬†placards,¬†and therefore the¬†marchers¬†mirrored¬†unity¬†within¬†diversity,¬†rarely¬†seen in Pakistan‚Äôs polarized and¬†dissentious¬†social landscape. The issues¬†that resonated the silenced cries of women¬†within the¬†rally were like the¬†enclosed¬†violence against¬†girl‚Äôs right to education,¬†molestation, systematic gender discrimination among others.

Also Read: Aneela Zeb Babar on feminism, militancy and the women of Pakistan

It is these and plenty of different gory realities of women's rights in Asian nation that the Aurat March bring around to attention. The right-wing parties visited the tribunal to ban the Aurat March, but they were rejected. Then they resorted to violence. but it is a section of political policy making Aurat March a criminal politics.

This movement has traditionally been formed in response to national and international reconfiguration of power, together with using, nationalism, Caesarism, democracy and therefore the war on terror. the connection between the women's movement and therefore the Pakistani state has undergone vital shifts from mutual accommodation to confrontation and conflict.


The image of Pakistani womanhood has been a construction of the Pakistani state since its beginning. Pakistani women may be executed in honour killings if they do not meet up to the societal expectations.

The state¬†doesn't¬†stop at showing control, the national narrative¬†however¬†intrudes public¬†and personal¬†life¬†to make your mind up¬†what's¬†legitimate and permissible as ‚ÄėPakistani culture‚Äô and,¬†what's¬†not.

Going back through the pages in history, Muslim girls were the most badly affected victims of Partition; the reports suggest  that seventy five thousand girls were kidnapped and raped throughout this era.

Encouraging¬†additional¬†girls¬†to vote¬†is just¬†the start.¬†girls¬†themselves disagree over what their role¬†ought to¬†be in Pakistani society. The conservative patriarchal mindset believes feminism as a dangerous terror weapon instilled in the heads of women from the west to destroy their holy traditions and customs. people who¬†advocate for equality between¬†girls¬†associated men ‚Ästthe centre of feminism ‚Ästarea unit¬†fighting an uphill battle. They face harsh words and discouragement from the Government, religious groups and most surprisingly: other girls.

Also Read: Here’s What Feminism Means To These Badass Indian Women

There is an entire section of women who have undergone extreme violence and trauma and are now single others. They are the most vulnerable of all. They are not aware enough to know about feminism. On the other side, they have seen the most gruesome horror men can put them through. So, they will do anything to be away from the. This lot are the most vulnerable. They are facing patriarchy and stigma in multiple levels: food insecurity, health insecurity. They just want to survive yet they are scared that they might be deprived of this desire too.

Also Read: Myths About Feminism That Are Just Not True

A country where women participation in election is among the worst, where there world have half the credit to a man’s in a court, women are defying tear gas, batons and lathis hurled at them and still trotting their way to keep the Aurat March going. It might be really small compared to women protest marches around the world, but the struggles and the sheer will make it impact ten times louder. To lay the foundation of feminism and women empowerment in the society based on acute patriarchy is a revolution. These are women deprived of their right to investigate the outside world and adapt to the modern world. Women who have spent their whole lives in homes, but they stand up and fight against army brutalities. They are ahead of the men. If all women unite and stand in unison, there is nothing stopping them. 

Vidhi Bubna is a contributor with SheThePeople.TV

Patriarchy feminism in Pakistan Farzana Bari Pakistan feminism movement Tabdeeli