Every year in Pakistan Aurat Azadi march is held on Women’s International Day. Women, men, children, allies, and members from several marginalized communities took part in the march to raise their voices against patriarchal violence.
“The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the stark inequalities in our society,” said the Feminist Manifesto on Health released by Aurat March Lahore.
“Globally, we found the heart of society to be diseased. Diseased with injustice and inequality, with patriarchy and violence on gendered bodies, with vast inequalities and capitalism, and with the dehumanization of races and ethnicities. Our collective body was in pain.”
Despite the number of people who were on the streets for the march, it was pleasant to see that majority of the people respected the coronavirus SOPs. Protestors wore masks and practiced social distancing too. There were songs, anthems, and slogans that kept the momentum high.
2021 Aurat March Placards
People criticize Aurat March for its obscene or objectionable slogans, which are against our social norms. However, the tide is getting stronger every year and the slogans are changing for the better as the movement gets stronger.
So, here we have got the best slogans from Aurat March 2021 that you shouldn’t miss. Check out these placards!
Women here stand for the respect they deserve
Naya Pakistan meant to be a revolutionary time for women but Alas!
Linking Pandemic with Patriarchy…Not a bad idea!
It is true that both husband and wife need to put equal efforts to make their marriage work.
Security of women is the responsibility of all.
When humor met protest.
Kids also show their concerns about their rights.
The most painful words from a Transgender
Moreover, the men community of Pakistan also supports Women March for very positive and solid reasons.
What is a Feminist manifesto?
The Aurat March Lahore released its manifesto on healthcare, and asked for an increase in the national budget for health, and ensuring proper healthcare for marginalized groups.
“We demand that the state fulfill its constitutional obligations: Article 38 of the Constitution of Pakistan states that the state shall “provide necessities of life, such as food, clothing, housing, education, and medical relief, for all such citizens, irrespective of sex, caste, creed or race, as are permanently or temporarily unable to earn their livelihood on account of infirmity, sickness or unemployment.”
Subsequently, the manifesto asks for a 5% of GDP increase in the health budget in the 2021-22 fiscal budget.
It expressed concerns about the government’s universal healthcare program, the Sehat Sahulat program. Moreover, they emphasize making it accessible for women all over Pakistan.
Aurat March Sindh, on the other hand, has asked for additional hostels for women students and an end to an “undeclared curfew” for them in the province. Moreover, one of the main agenda was about equal wages for the women of Sindh.
Women’s Day in Different Cities of Pakistan
Many Pakistani celebrities, politicians, government officers, and other officials convey their messages while using different sources of media. Although they all hope for a future where women aren’t denied their basic rights.
The first Aurat March took place in 2018 in Karachi. The next year, Aurat March picked up the heat in more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana, and Hyderabad. This year too, the marches took place in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and other cities.
In Karachi, the march took place at Frere Hall. With the consideration of the prevailing coronavirus situation, people follow the SOPs properly.
In Lahore, the Aurat March started from the Lahore Press Club and reached its destination outside the Punjab Assembly building.
Similarly, the march in Islamabad started from the National Press Club and reach D-Chowk. The participants of the event raised slogans about reclaiming public spaces for women.
The opinion of people about Aurat March is somewhat mixed. As some are in support of the movement while others criticize it.
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