PTI led Government announced supporting today’s AuratMarch on the condition that the participants of the march would not harm the honour and dignity of the country.
PPP, however, announced complete support for the march with no strings attached. It accused both the Pakistan Tekreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N of being on the same page on the issue of women’s march.
PML-N also put the condition on marchers to take a stance that was culturally acceptable to society.
“The organizers must raise and write culturally acceptable slogans with the utmost care,” a PML-N leader said.
#AuratAzadiMarch has been celebrated in various cities across Pakistan today to mark International Women’s Day.
The first-ever Aurat March in Pakistan was held in 2018 in Karachi. Last year, it was extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana, and Hyderabad.
The women march last year caused some controversy over some of the placards held by activists of the march. The opponents of the march claimed that the slogans were disrespectful and were not in accordance with the cultural values.”
Recently, a fierce debate on social media following the scuffle between a journalist Marvi Sarmad, and a playwriter has once again diverted the attention of many from the timely debate over real issues of gender-based discrimination.
This year’s theme for Aurat March was My body, my choice which according to the organizers is about demanding a society without exploitative patriarchal structures and control of economic resources, the right of women to make decisions about their own bodies, and ending harassment, forced religious conversions and the sexist portrayal of women in the media, according to the opinion piece published in Al Jazeerah.
There are also the news of stone-pelting on the marchers here in Pakistan today. BBC Urdu has also shared a short clip showing the visuals. Police were to guard the marchers amid widespread controversy related to the celebration of WID here in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to have an opinion about today’s #AuratMarch and said that sustainable socio-economic development could only be ensured by providing equal opportunities and a conducive environment for women.