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How dare they?

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15.03.2019

Much has been written, debated and discussed on the Aurat March(es) that took place across the country on International Women’s Day. There have been extreme reactions: from calling for inquiries into the funding and organization of these marches to horrific abuse and death threats being directed at those who organized and attended these peaceful protests. So the first question that arises is: what did the women, men and non-binaries at these marches do or say to deserve the fury that has been unleashed against them? Let us start from the two major critiques that have been put forth.

The first criticism relates to the “elite” nature of these marches. It seems as though those leveling this criticism have made a conscious decision to willfully ignore the cross-sections of society represented at these marches. From domestic help to lawyers and activists, from the richest women to the poorest, it is undeniable that the marches brought together women from all walks of life and professions. The very simple reality is that all women in Pakistan are deeply affected by the rampant discrimination embedded within our social fabric: it is for this reason that women from each social strata and profession took to the streets in solidarity with one another.

The second criticism is what is the most problematic attack (in terms of its entirely........

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