Recently, on 8th March 2019, which was International Women’s Day, hundreds of Pakistani women (and men also) took part in Aurat march, which was conducted in Karachi. The purpose of the Aurat march was to create awareness about the rights of the women as well as highlight the oppression which they face in their daily lives, through different channels. The participants of the march were seen holding the placards, which had the slogans about women empowerment, feminism, women rights, awareness and independence of the women and against patriarchy.
The Aurat march had created a great hype on the national forums. It received appreciation from the feminist circles; however, it has also offended a great majority of people, which especially includes the young male generation. So, the young male generation has come up with a responsive march, which is termed as Mard march and is expected to take place in Karachi on the 24th of March. So, the proponents of Mard march have already made it a trend on social media sites, where they are trying to talk about their rights. If it had been limited to the talk of their rights, it would have been perfectly fine. But, the things have turned pretty offensive as it is just response of the Aurat march and the freedom demanded by women. The proponents of Mard march have come up with silly slogans like “meri aankhein meri marzi,” in response to the claims of women talking about the staring gaze of men or the restriction on their dressing. They are actually making fun of the women empowerment movement by holding the placards like “chipkali khud maro.”
So, in this fight of women’s rights and men’s right, the question to ponder is, where this society is heading. At one end, we talk about the effectiveness of dialogue to resolve the matters, and on the other end, we fight like teenagers to prove our victimization and claim superiority over each other. Human beings have been created equal, and no gender is superior to the other. It is our belief that men and women are the support of each other; however, such marches have really made it a competition of claiming superiority over each other. The purpose of the women’s day is to acknowledge the achievements of the women and praise their contribution to our lives, instead of being offended by the demand for their basic human rights. Moreover, the men of society are equally important; however, it does not mean that they need to exercise their independence by culminating the rights of the women and harassing them in any manner.
So, there is a dire need that men and women start supporting each other, instead of picking fights with each other. Let’s invest our time and effort in making this society more progressive and productive, by joining hands and equally contributing to the cause.
This Article is written by Qursam Farooq