Pakistani Women to Take to Streets in Protest: Aurat March
Hundreds of women are set to take to the streets of Pakistan to speak against economic, reproductive and environmental justice. They will march in Karachi and Lahore on International Women’s Day as part of the Aurat March.
“The Aurat March isn’t organised by a single group or organisation, and is being organised and led by a collective of women from diverse classes, professions, ethnicities and different sections of society,” the invite read.
“The march is not funded by any political party, government organisation, NGO or group and is an event funded by small contributions of individuals,” further said the invite.
Men are invited, but only if accompanied by women.
Women will march for an end to violence, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, environmental justice and access to clean water, air and enjoying public spaces.
“We wish to organise a march that will highlight a diverse range of issues to express solidarity with all women about the connected nature of our struggles from #MeToo to the Women’s March in various countries,” a press release stated.
From sexual harassment cases erupting in our cities; to voices of outrage speaking against child abuse, we see this march as a series of responses from women who are tired of the injustices we are subjected to, it added.
“We envision a world in which women from all groups, ethnicities, religious communities, economic backgrounds, working class women; displaced and refugee women; differently-abled women; transgender women and persons belonging to other gender identities; are free to exercise autonomy over their lives, and to build just and peaceful communities,” said the statement.
Many Pakistani celebrities have also promoted the march. Here are some reactions on Twitter.
We can’t wait to see pictures of the march, and are happy that the movement is catching on all over the world!