Aurat March 2022 sums up a sense of urgency that change must come NOW!

Pakistani women across the country take part in Aurat March held every year on International Women’s Day. The idea is to protest the country’s patriarchal norms that make it difficult for women and marginalized communities to take up the same space as men. The issues over the years that drive people to march have been diverse.

 

Change in Venue

This year Aurat march took place in Karachi at Bagh-e-Jinnah instead of Frere Hall where it was organized since its inception. The security had a good number of police officers including (lady officers) guarding the entrance along with the boundary area of the ground.

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The Highlighted Issues

The issues in focus this year included ‘women labour’ (be it in factories, farms, home-based, street workers, domestic workers, or as artisans). It demanded better pay, working conditions, social security, protection and implementation for not just women but also the nonbinary, transmen and khwajasira people. Also, better policies and systems across the socio-economic levels for people suffering from mental health, gender minorities and older peoples were demanded. Rights across gender, race, ethnicity and religion were also on the list.

 

The Outclass Speeches

The speeches and performances held on stage became every one’s attention. To charge an already electrified crown the organizers shouted chants like ‘Sab ko yakza tahafuz do’ (Give everyone equal security), and the crowd echoed it back.

 

We saw Sara Gill (Pakistan’s first transgender doctor) making a speech about how the slogan ‘mera jism, meri marzi’ has been reflected in a negative light. She emphasized that it’s not just for women for all the men, children and Khawajasira. She requested to stop linking this line with sex and vulgarity.

 

 

 

 

Our Favorite Posters of Hope and Power

 

Equal Gender Ratio on Streets

Equal Gender Ratio on Street

 

Against Controlling Women

Against Controlling Women

Protecting Baloch Women

 

Protecting Baloch Women

 

 

Putting A Full Stop to Hate

Putting A Full Stop to Hate

 

 

For Mothers Whose Children Were Abducted

For Mothers Whose Children Were Abducted

 

And ‘Equality’ Of Course

And ‘Equality’ Of Course

 

 

 

 

This is was indeed the strongest of all.

Women supporting women

Women supporting women

 

 

 

Marching for Rights

Marching for Rights

 

 

‘Ladies First’ Always

‘Ladies First’ Always

 

 

The Right to Dress and Live Accordingly

The Right to Dress and Live Accordingly

 

 

 

Why Scare from Aurat march?

Why Scare from Aurat march?

 

 

 

To be Free

Why Scare from Aurat march?

 

Sexist Jokes, not Funny

Sexist Jokes, not Funny 

 

Standing up

Standing up

 

 

We can

We can

 

 

One Way or Another

One Way or Another

 

Tribute to Khalil-ur-Rehman

 

Politically Correct

Politically Correct

 

Peechay Hut

 

 

We at Fashion Times Magazine salute all the brave women who participated in the Aurat marches held across the country.

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