Aurat March 2020 all set to take place all across the country on the 8th of March, on occasion of International Women’s Day.
However, this year the rights campaign has been marred with a couple of controversies including the infamous slogan Mera Jism Meri Marzi and the recent Live Tv spat between writer Khalilur Rehman Qamar and social activist Marvi Sirmed took the event to another direction.
It was a day ago when Islamabad High Court dismissed a petition seeking to stop Aurat March, however, the debate still continues whether it should be held or not.
From last year, many of the slogans written on placards came under strict criticism, for many those were contradicting their religious and cultural values.
The most famous slogan #MeraJismMeriMarzi has been trending for the reasons on media platforms including social media.
This gave a new direction to the debate, why this Aurat March should be held all across the country and what is the agenda behind it. Every person has his own tale to tell, however, a few took to social media elaborating their point with hashtag #WhyIMarch:
Was just shown this list of girls/women murdered/sexually assaulted/raped etc in Pakistan in 2020 so far. It's 52 names long.
These are just the cases that were reported in the press.
This is #WhyIMarch #AuratMarch#AuratMarch2020#AuratMarchLahore https://t.co/6U40Rg40ng pic.twitter.com/SbdSuvND4x
— Ahmad Rafay Alam (@rafay_alam) March 6, 2020
#WhyIMarch At a local hospital, I witnessed a very young woman from an upper middle class family dying because she suffered a forced pregnancy, a miscarriage, and then her husband did not allow her a medical procedure that would’ve cleaned out her uterus.
— Nuzhat S. Siddiqi (@guldaar) March 3, 2020
I march because girls are taught to not laugh out loud.
I march because boys are told that they shouldn’t cry.
I march because women are told they’re main goal in life is to be a wife.
I march because men who can’t support their families are told they’re failures. #WhyIMarch
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) February 26, 2020
— Javaria (@JavariaWaseem) February 26, 2020
#WhyIMarch because i was raped and my rapist walks freely while i am afraid to even step out of my house. I march because I’ve been having nightmares since the day i was raped and I sob every night while he sleeps like a baby.
— anonymous stan acc (@Thisimyhandle) February 27, 2020
-Because a woman is raped in Pakistan every two hours
-Because 3 in 4 women report harassment
-Because 56% of the girls in Pakistan are out of schools
-Because in the past two weeks 10 new cases of child abuse and sexual violence have emerged#AuratAzadiMarch2020
— Amal Huma (@huma_amal) February 25, 2020
#WhyIMarch because these four words scare the men that need to be held accountable. I march behind those that have been demanding agency over their bodies for years. I march behind those whose rage and power never cease to inspire me. I march for those who couldn’t. #AuratMarch pic.twitter.com/bf141nsJ6F
— shahi killa (@sennahmad) March 4, 2020