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Activists of the Aurat March hold placards during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2020. — AFP/File

Activists of the Aurat March hold placards during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2020. — AFP/File
Preparations were being finalised on Monday as organisers geared up to hold Aurat Marches across the country to mark International Women's Day and call for the protection of women's rights.

The first Aurat March was held in 2018 in Karachi. The next year, it was extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana, and Hyderabad. This year too, the marches will be held in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and other cities of Pakistan.

In Karachi, the march is scheduled to take place at Frere Hall. In view of the prevailing coronavirus situation, organisers have emphasised standard operating procedures (SOPs), including wearing masks and maintaining a distance of six feet.

The Karachi march will also be broadcast live.



The Aurat March in Lahore will be held in the afternoon from the Lahore Press Club to the PIA Building.

Each chapter of the Aurat March has its own manifesto with the Karachi chapter focusing on patriarchal violence; Lahore on addressing healthcare workers and women’s health; and the Islamabad march is dedicated to the crisis of care.

Last year, the situation at the Islamabad Aurat March turned precarious after male participants of a rival 'Haya March' by religious parties threw stones at participants of the Aurat March, injuring at least one person. The situation was brought under control by police.


Tributes
Meanwhile, tributes have poured in with ministers and politicians recalling the role of women in their lives while simultaneously calling for them to be given equal rights.

Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in his message said Pakistani women had "contributed immensely for the glory and honour of our nation". Women were also at the forefront of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, he noted.

Talking about women in uniform, Gen Bajwa said they have "proved their mettle by contributing copiously in diverse fields serving the nation & humanity".
"They deserve our immense respect & gratitude," he added.



National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the protection of women's rights was the "top priority" of the government because it was "imperative for the formation of a progressive society", according to a report by Radio Pakistan.

Minister for Information Shibli Faraz said March 8 "highlighted women's high status in society and their commendable services in different sectors".

He said that the Constitution was a guarantor of women's rights and they had played an important role in the building and progress of the country.

"Making women powerful and protected in society by ensuring equal rights and equal opportunities for progress for them is our determination," he stressed.


PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also talked about women empowerment, saying she "dream of a Pakistan where women excel in every field and play leading roles".

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood paid tribute to all the women in his life, including his mother, wife, daughters, sisters and his colleagues at work and in politics.
"Thank you for making the world a better place," he wrote.



Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry used the occasion to encourage girls to opt for science subjects to change their and the country's destiny.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader and newly-elected senator Faisal Subzwari reminded people that respecting women also meant "respecting their liberty of making choices".
He called on people to encourage the women in their families, adding "we as a society badly need educated, confident & courageous women".



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@Horus and it begins!
 
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You cannot march away basic biology and you cannot copy UCLA and Berkley and think that Pakistan will become a new California after that. Give women rights (no forced marriages, inheritance, property...) but all they want are free abortions and gay marriages. Great people!
 

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State should take ownership of this march and ensure no foreign funded NGO has their sloganeering or agenda sandwiched in this march. This should also be limited to capital for all rational reasons. Its not Eid nor Ashura that happens everywhere. State needs to step in and be incarge of this event. No one can value countryman then the State of Pakistan.
 

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Activists of the Aurat March hold placards during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2020. — AFP/File's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2020. — AFP/File

Activists of the Aurat March hold placards during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2020. — AFP/File
Preparations were being finalised on Monday as organisers geared up to hold Aurat Marches across the country to mark International Women's Day and call for the protection of women's rights.

The first Aurat March was held in 2018 in Karachi. The next year, it was extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana, and Hyderabad. This year too, the marches will be held in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and other cities of Pakistan.

In Karachi, the march is scheduled to take place at Frere Hall. In view of the prevailing coronavirus situation, organisers have emphasised standard operating procedures (SOPs), including wearing masks and maintaining a distance of six feet.

The Karachi march will also be broadcast live.



The Aurat March in Lahore will be held in the afternoon from the Lahore Press Club to the PIA Building.

Each chapter of the Aurat March has its own manifesto with the Karachi chapter focusing on patriarchal violence; Lahore on addressing healthcare workers and women’s health; and the Islamabad march is dedicated to the crisis of care.

Last year, the situation at the Islamabad Aurat March turned precarious after male participants of a rival 'Haya March' by religious parties threw stones at participants of the Aurat March, injuring at least one person. The situation was brought under control by police.


Tributes
Meanwhile, tributes have poured in with ministers and politicians recalling the role of women in their lives while simultaneously calling for them to be given equal rights.

Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in his message said Pakistani women had "contributed immensely for the glory and honour of our nation". Women were also at the forefront of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, he noted.

Talking about women in uniform, Gen Bajwa said they have "proved their mettle by contributing copiously in diverse fields serving the nation & humanity".
"They deserve our immense respect & gratitude," he added.



National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the protection of women's rights was the "top priority" of the government because it was "imperative for the formation of a progressive society", according to a report by Radio Pakistan.

Minister for Information Shibli Faraz said March 8 "highlighted women's high status in society and their commendable services in different sectors".

He said that the Constitution was a guarantor of women's rights and they had played an important role in the building and progress of the country.

"Making women powerful and protected in society by ensuring equal rights and equal opportunities for progress for them is our determination," he stressed.


PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also talked about women empowerment, saying she "dream of a Pakistan where women excel in every field and play leading roles".

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood paid tribute to all the women in his life, including his mother, wife, daughters, sisters and his colleagues at work and in politics.
"Thank you for making the world a better place," he wrote.



Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry used the occasion to encourage girls to opt for science subjects to change their and the country's destiny.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader and newly-elected senator Faisal Subzwari reminded people that respecting women also meant "respecting their liberty of making choices".
He called on people to encourage the women in their families, adding "we as a society badly need educated, confident & courageous women".

@Horus and it begins!
Every of these organisations have half right and half wrong demands and anti state and anti army stance too... why cant they just work for right things ? Or maybe USA se dollar nai mile he na 😆

Anyways happy to know someone and his organisation is countering em..



 

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Well, we should support activities & gatherings to mark Woman's important role in any successful society. However, unfortunately the day has been hijacked by the march of a specific gang that promotes LGBTQ, Homo sexuality and vulgarity which becomes the reason of less of coverage on this day for Woman in our society.
 

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Well, we should support activities & gatherings to mark Woman's important role in any successful society. However, unfortunately the day has been hijacked by the march of a specific gang that promotes LGBTQ, Homo sexuality and vulgarity which becomes the reason of less of coverage on this day for Woman in our society.
To add, their political demands are just appalling.

What does military operations in Balochistan and KPK and Karima Baloch have to do with women rights.
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The objectives of the organization and day should be closely watched
The objectives of the group appear to be to introduce dysfunctional thoughts into society

One aspect of such event is to improve social awareness of women issue however the mindset of the march organizer is
very chaotic

There needs to be a proper vetting of organizers of this group , to understand their main charter and objective
and hold them responsible for any banners or false advertising that goes on at ground level which is not inline with
Islamic Republic of Pakistan's values


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There are may prominent women in Islamic society however this is generally not a proper mindset

The version of ideals being promoted here are more in line with a dysfunctional women

The objection has to do with the morals or ideals which are suggested which do not meet a certain standard of ethics from Pakistan's cultural stand point




Pakistan offers women various benefits

a) Education
b) Work
c) Safe homes 99% ', like in rest of world 1-2 % people are impacted with some domestic situation common world wide
d) Access to will
e) Access to pension
f) Women Prime Minister one of first Women PM
g) Full access to courts
h) Access to work
j) Access to be in politics


This type of entity needs a oversight , women with certain character and morals should be in charge who understand the women issues form Islamic Republic of Pakistan's stand point, may be someone who have certain credentials or background experience


We already have example of Um Ul Momineen and their habits to understand what is inline with good virtues for a women
This narrative has to be represented


Oversight :
1- Does the planned political stance is inline with that of a Islamic Nation
2- The banners and ideas reflected do they fall in line with certain moral standards
3- Is the Entity promoting certain views which have nothing to do with Women Issues
4- Does the Leadership / Board of directors include enough women who have background in Islamic studies 8-)



Without morals , it is like a blind person leading a blind group of people


The current leadership I am afraid is not idea, these banners unfortunately sound like a dysfunctional Women normally divorce is the fate of the ideas mentioned in the banners
 
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