Here’s all you need to know about Aurat March 2019
I had the most satisfying Careem ride of my life today– neither was there a discount coupon nor a surprise encounter with a celebrity. It was my first ride with a lady captain.
While I was looking forward to having a chat with a Careem captain for the first time, she was already on a call, answering the many concerns that may pop in one’s mind, how disturbed she is with her family criticising about her returning home late.
One can only assume that they understand the kind of challenges, restrictions, or torments a woman, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother goes through.
Taking gist of the prevailing challenges a woman faces, Aurat March is a women empowerment movement that has much more than just peace rallies, raising awareness placards or sloganeering for women equality in a patriarchal society.
Here is what’s more to Aurat March:
They’re great listeners and counsellors
Aurat March organizers talking to women in Korangi where they discussed harrasment and religious discrimination in factories as issues they were facing. They also talked about the need for a women’s shelter and access to health care.#HumAurtein #AuratMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/k5xlaobPSL
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 21, 2019
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 20, 2019
The Aurat March Organizing Team visited Mauripur!
Courageous, bold & surviving in dire circumstances, the women of Mauripur are a diverse & beautiful community.
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 19, 2019
It’s not elitist
There’s a lot to responsibilities when you set foot in acquainting women of their worth and capabilities.
— Careem Pakistan (@CareemPAK) February 25, 2019
The ladies of Maid2Shop are all set for the Aurat March!
Maid2shop is a community based organisation aimed at improving female literacy. Women (domestic helpers) collect and sell second hand clothes. Their proceeds are used to send young girls in the community to school. pic.twitter.com/zAzKkkS6Jh
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 25, 2019
Again, it’s not just slogans or placards…
Members of the Aurat March organising committee speaking of #AuratMarch2019 at @DigitalRightsPK’s event ‘Fostering Open Spaces in Pakistan: Combatting Gender Specific Threats to Women’s Activism Online’#EthicalJournalism #DigitalRights #WomensRights #MeToo #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/Ly7v3z7LEo
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 25, 2019
Appreciate the many iron women of our society
We would like to begin our campaign honoring great women through the loved and great Sabeen Mahmud. An inspiration to many, Sabeen gave us T2F, one of the first spaces in Karachi, where young people could easily open discuss progressive ideas and organize progressive voices. pic.twitter.com/QKZrGEKwxK
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 10, 2019
#AsmaJehangir passed away on 11th Feb 2018, and her absence in the legal arena and in civil society is immensely felt. We remember her today for her bravery, her unrelenting struggle and spirit and her ability to always speak truth to power and to always fight for it. pic.twitter.com/ARZ7Irkdar
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 11, 2019
Demand unserved justice
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 6, 2019
We are so excited to see that the women are gearing up to march in thousands this year on #AuratMarch2019 Women in other cities are also on board. All power to us women 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼@Gulalai_Ismail @RoyA501 @SaifSamejo @AuratMarch2018 pic.twitter.com/fFEhRCTQBs
— Qurat Mirza (@qurat_mirza) January 17, 2019
The great part is, women are already aware. The past week has been a pride to see how women are aware of where they stand and what needs to be changed as Aurat March 2019 nears.
“Tell us why you will be joining us. Tell us about your struggles and your dreams. Tell us what you march for,” the official Twitter account of Aurat March posted.
I march for all those sisters and daughters who are lost the right of property. They want to stand on their feet and boost their life.#AuratMarch2019
— GullaAfridi (@gullaafridi) February 24, 2019
— Zeina Toric-Azad (@zeinatoricazad) February 23, 2019
I march bcse I acknowledge my privilege & strive to use it for the greater good – for equality, for respect, for avenging the decades of patriarchy #HumAurtein have suffered from. I march for those who can’t – the differently abled, the elderly & the ones not allowed to step out.
— Raiha (@RaihaAAA) February 23, 2019
— prima facie female (@shmyla) February 24, 2019
— Atiya Abbas (@bloggoodlife_) February 23, 2019
When was the last time u said “jagga dein” because u were in a male dominated space & needed to pass thru?
Not too long ago, right?
We’re starting a campaign to bring attention to the lack of women & non binary bodies in various spaces. This photo was taken at a lit fest where pic.twitter.com/bLbHVkMUdI
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 24, 2019
They condemn wars
Aurat Azadi March, Pakistan, reaches out to Indian women with a message for peace. Women & children suffer the most in wars started by men. #SayNoToWar Hamay jang nahi aman chaey, humay bombs nahi qalam chaey. Let’s build a peaceful world for our children on both sides of border. pic.twitter.com/rxXDV814Db
— Aurat Azadi March Isb (@AuratAzadiMarch) February 27, 2019
They don’t just walk out of some man-hating phase
Speaking out for women’s right to their respective city, and seeking economic, reproductive, and environmental justice does not mean that feminism is an all-in-all a misandrist move.
Thank you to the men who extend their allyship 😊😊😊 Thank you also to the kind uncle who took a poster from us to put inside his office and invite others 😊#AuratMarch2019 #HumAurtein pic.twitter.com/ty8NLtT72w
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 26, 2019
They know what they’re doing
Aurat March was a great success last year and the team was as impressive during the Pashtun long march last year in Karachi.
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) May 13, 2018
— #PeaceNotWar 🌈. (@Meanskhusbu) February 23, 2019
If you’re wondering what happened to #KhaanaKhudGaramKarLo from the last march.
— AuratMarchKarachi2019 (@AuratMarch2019) February 23, 2019