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PAKISTAN: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

Local News Islamabad, KARACHI/ LAHORE/ ISLAMABAD

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Women march for their rights in major cities across Pakistan

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Hundreds of men and women, calling for the protection of women's rights,  participate in ‘Aurat Marches’ in all major Pakistani to mark International Women's Day.

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Shotlist:   KARACHI, PAKISTAN    (MARCH  08,  2021)    (VNA – ACCESS ALL)..

  1. ACTIVISTS SINGING ON STAGE
  2. VARIOUS OF WOMEN LISTENING TO SPEECHES BY WOME ACTIVISTS
  3. CLOSE OF WOMAN’S ARM WITH ‘AURAT MARCH” INSCRIBED ON IT IN URDU
  4. PLACARD THAT READS (IN ENGLISH) “MY FAVOURITE SEASON IS FALL OF THE PATRIARCHY
  5. VARIOUS OF ACTIVISTS DANCING
  6. YOUNG WOMAN TAKING ‘SELFIE’
  7. SECURITY
  8. VARIOUS OF WOMEN MARCHING AND CHANTING AS NIGHT FALLS
  9. JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI WOMEN MARCHING, CARRYING BANNER THAT READS (IN ENGLISH) : “STRONG WOMEN MAKE STRONG FAMIL; STRONG FAMILIES MAKE STRONG NATION.”
  10. VARIOUS OF BURQA CLAD WOMEN MARCHING IN ‘HAYA MARCH’
  11. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) HEAD OF JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI WOMEN’S WING KARACHI, ASMA SAFEER, SAYING:  
  12. “ On this occasion of International Women’s Day, we are campaigning for women’s rights and women’s  awareness, and the slogan of our movement is “Strong Family, Sheltered Woman , Stable Society.” As far as women empowerment is concerned, we claim that Islam empowers women more than anyone else. If women get all the rights that Islam has given them, no woman will fall for the attractive chants that are being used to mislead her.”
  13.               (LAHORE, PAKISTAN)    (MARCH  08,  2021)    (VNA  – ACCESS ALL)..
  14. JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI HAYA MARCH IN LAHORE
  15. WOMEN HOLDING GREEN JI FLAGS
  16. BURQA CLAD WOMEN HOLDING PLACARDS ASKING FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
  17. VARIOUS OF WOMEN LISTENING TO SPEECHES
  18. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) MEMBER OF LAHORE WING OF JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI,  UZMA IMRAN, SAYING:     
  19. “We want that the Pakistani woman should get the right to education, she should get access to clean water and health facilities and the right of inheritance.”  
  20. VARIOUS OF WOMEN CHANTING AS THEY PARTICIPATE IN AURAT MARCH
  21. VARIOUS OF WOMEN CHANTING “WOMEN’S CHANT: FREEDOM”
  22. VARIOUS OF WOMEN CHANTING: “GIVE US OUR RIGHTS.”
  23. VARIOUS OF WOMEN MARCHING
  24.                                                 (ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN)    (MARCH  08,  2021)    (VNA  – ACCESS ALL)
  25. PARTICIPANTS OF AURAT MARCH CHANTING
  26. WOMAN BEATING TAMBOURINE
  27. MARCHERS HOLDING UP PLACARDS ASKING FOR WOMENS RIGHTS
  28. VARIOUS OF MARCHERS BEATING DRUM, TAMBOURINE AND CHANTING: “We want freedom”
  29. WOMEN LAW ENFORCERS LINED UP
  30. WOMEN MARCHING
  31. VARIOUS OF MEN AND WOMEN MARCHING
  32. FEMALE LAW ENFORCERS HOLDING HANDS TO FORM CHAIN AS THEY MARCH
  33. VARIOUS OF MARCH IN PROGRESS
  34. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) TEACHER AND WOMEN ACTIVIST, ALIYA AMEER ALI, SAYING:
  35. “A woman is either a portrayed as a weak and wretched victim, or  she is not even talked about. In this society she is not even considered as a human being. Today we have assembled here so that we can debate about this society and about all the issues that do not accept woman as a human being. In this there are economic issues, our cultural problems, and problems related to our families and our place and our rights in the society. Our charter of demands is very detailed.”
  36. MARCH IN PROGRESS
STORY:  Hundreds of women, men and allies participated in “Aurat Marches” in all major across Pakistan on Monday (March 08)  to mark International Women's Day and call for the protection of women's rights.
The “Aurat Azadi March”, which began in Karachi in 2018,  asks for economic justice for women, and re-allocation of parts of the  budget to be diverted to social programs related to women .

In 2021, the marches which were held  Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and other cities, dealt with women issues especially in the times of the COVID 19 crisis.

"Women’s Health Crisis", the main theme of Aurat March in 2021,  asks for equal participation in health and medical policy making, medical research and medical trials too

Participants also expressed concerns about effects of climate change and environmental factors on health of women in Pakistan, and deplored harassment and violence against women and lack of legal access to women.

Stress was also laid on the rights of transgenders, and their safety and security in a society that looks down upon transgenders.

The Karachi Aurat march focused on patriarchal violence, Lahore addressed healthcare workers and women's health, while Islamabad march was dedicated to crisis of care.

 

In Karachi,  because of the prevailing coronavirus situation, organisers of the march stressed upon SOPs in a crowd of around 300 people, including wearing masks and maintaining a distance of six feet. However, when the crowd grew, social distancing became difficult to observe.

 

Strict security arrangements were put in place at the venue, with walkthrough gates installed at the entrance, where attendants were checked before being allowed to enter. The march itself attracted a sizeable crowd, comprising people of all ages and from all walks of life.

They were carrying placards with messages "Stop underage marriages", "equality is important, not victimisation" and raised slogans in support of their rights.

 

Earlier, a few dozen women belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami staged a ‘Haya March” to off-set the effects of the Aurat March.

 
“ On this occasion of International Women’s Day, we are campaigning for women’s rights and women’s  awareness, and the slogan of our movement is “Strong Family, Sheltered Woman , Stable Society.” As far as women empowerment is concerned, we claim that Islam empowers women more than anyone else. If women get all the rights that Islam has given them, no woman will fall for the attractive chants that are being used to mislead her,” said Asma Safeer ,  Head of Jamaat-e-Islami Women’s Wing Karachi.

 

The Aurat March in Lahore was much bigger with around 800 men, women and transgenders chanting on the roads of the city, as a sedate Haya March too place in another part of the metropolis.   
“We want that the Pakistani woman should get the right to education, she should get access to clean water and health facilities and the right of inheritance,” said Uzma Imran,  a member of the Lahore Wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

 

In Islamabad, Women sang songs and recited poetry to demand their inherent rights, including equality and safety of life and respect.

“A woman is either a portrayed as a weak and wretched victim, or  she is not even talked about. In this society she is not even considered as a human being. Today we have assembled here so that we can debate about this society and about all the issues that do not accept woman as a human being. In this there are economic issues, our cultural problems, and problems related to our families and our place and our rights in the society. Our charter of demands is very detailed, “ said activist and teacher Aliya Ameer Ali.

 
Pakistani President Arif Alvi addressed a Women’s Day event at the Presidency earlier in the day.

Army chief , General Qamar Javed Bajwa, in his message highlighted the contribution of Pakistani women for the glory of the country.

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