Basic feminism: Feminism is a range of social movements,political movements and ideologies that aim to define and establish the political,economic,personal and social equality of sexes.
When Feminism was introduced it aimed to provide women the basic rights, from which they have been deprived from since centuries.The main goal was to fight against stereotypes who always priorities the male point of view, treat women unjustly and dominate them.
The arrival of Feminism in Pakistan was after the partition in 1947. Women were the most affected victims during this time period, it is reported that almost 75,000 women were abducted and raped.Soon after that Fatima Jinnah formed the Women’s Relief Committee, which later evolved into the All Pakistan’s Women’s Association.This development lead more developments and later on became the main source of the establishment of Women’s Rights in Pakistan. In the past few years, the Aurat March has been held in various cities of Pakistan(Lahore,Islamabad,Hyderabad,Karachi.). In this March many representatives from women rights organizations, celebrities, reporters and locals participate which also includes men.The march calls out for more accountability for violence against women and to support for women’s who experience violence and harassment in work places,homes,and in public places.In
The Aurat March (Women’s March) held in 2019 both women and men carried poster with phrases such as ”Mara Jism, Meri marzi.”, ”Keep your dick pics to yourself” etc ,which were called out to be ‘vulgar’ by most of the women,strong feminists and the media;though these phrases were a beat around the bush.These posters became the highlight of the march which distracted people from the main reason behind the march.Many other posters carried out phrases such as ”Ghar ka kam, Sub ka kam’‘, ”Women are humans, not honor.”, and ”Girls just want fundamental human rights”, which to be honest are sustainable, and both women and men should earn and then do house chores together to maintain equality and peace in the territory. Men should understand that women are not honor and women should know that what is wrong and what’s right.
dominated in Pakistan,but it is also true that women have the most privilege in the society as well.But this just not justify the child marriages, the domestic violence, the harassment or the rapes.Feminism has helped women to get these issues in notice and to gain their true place in the socity.As it is said that every relationship is a give and take after all.If women will ask for freedom in everything then men will definitely plead for equality in many unjust situations so cut them some slack as well. It is very true that women are still dominated in Pakistan,but it is also true that women have the most privilege in the society as well.But this just not justify the child marriages, the domestic violence, the harassment or the rapes.Feminism has helped women to get these issues in notice and to gain their true place in the socity.As it is said that every relationship is a give and take after all.If women will ask for freedom in everything then men will definitely plead for equality in many unjust situations so cut them some slack as well.
The western feminism is different from our feminism,this is something around which we need rap our heads.Although we also need to understand the difference between right and wrong,and the fact that asking for basic rights isn’t wrong at all(but calling men dogs and girls slut is)There are many traditions that do not match our statements.Can anybody tell me why is it fine to dance in a so called ‘Shadi’ in front of people you hardly know and not fine to dance on a show?Why is it fine to go out without a dupatta in malls but don’t even come out of the room when ‘Bhai ke dost’ (brothers friends) come over?Why is it fine for a women to stay home when her husband is spending his night with his friends? This needs to change! If a women wants to go out when her husband isn’t home she may and if the husband is worried about her safety he my accompany her rather then leaving her alone.Now this is called compromise that both genders need make because no matter what they are going to be living together in this world.Even if the law does not give women their whole rights then we as individuals should start trying, to make them feel safe(which doesn’t man to control them),feel less grabbed and start treating them as equal.
The truth is that women want equality,choice and a say about their own life, which is a legitimate human right from all prespectives.No one can refuse that wanting or not wanting to get married is the right of the person itself,everybody has the right to make decisions and feel safe.
Is Pakistan safe for women?
Keeping the incident of this whole year in view it won’t be totally honest saying that Pakistan is a safe country for women.“Highway rapecase” is one of the most disturbing incidents that took place in Pakistan this year.A middle aged women, a mother was raped in front of her children (who were less than eight years old) by two men on her way from Lahore to Gujranwala via M-11 on September 9.The worst part is that when the incident came into notice,appropriate steps were not taken immediately.Instead the CCPO, Umar Sheikh came up with some unfitting and coldhearted remarks which were termed as highly inappropriate.The first suspect of this case was arrested on 14 September and confessed the crime but the other was arrested a month after the incident.I guess at least 10 (minimum) women can be raped in the time period of a month in Pakistan.Then WHY do people expect women to stay calm,when they always feel like they have a target on their backs.
The law which may change everything!
A new anti-rape law has been finally passed providing harsh punishment for rappist. To curb increasing rape incidents in the country, the federal cabinet finally approved in principle two anti-rape ordinances that “change the definition of rape” and are aimed at awarding exemplary punishment to rapists, including chemical castration and hanging, but not in public.These two punshiments have been in demand by the public of Pakistan since a long time.Maybe if they were approved somewhile back this would have never happened.But as the saying goes better late then never.
Exploitation of Feminism
Some women in Pakistan are confused about calling themselves “Feminists” as they say that the word is being exploited for personal gain and that they support human rights only. What they want are the rights which were promised when the word feminism was discovered, that they only want ”Equality” not ”Superiority”.Many cats came out of the bad in Pakistan when ”Me Too” trend arrived.Some of the accusations were true and well some were just a jump on the bandwagon. It is so very true that some women have made false accusations about harassment and used them,along with exploiting feminism and some feminists in their favour.Most women don’t call themselves as feminists because they think that it actually means ”Extremists”.There are always bad pees along with the good ones,but it never means that the whole batch is rotten. Most of the women in Pakistan have no interest in having the right to go out shirtless,but they do want,need and deserve the right to feel safe in whatever wherever they wear.Even if most people think that Feminism is something that is providing women with “TOO MUCH FREEDOM” they should understand that feminism means different things to different people and nothing is wrong in asking for justice. Women of Pakistan have the whole right to be aggressive at this point because they truly have faced a lot and now they wanna be done with it once and for all, so cut them some slack.
Feminism is helping women of Pakistan to get their long held rights and it is something that should be there and supported till the time it isn’t being exploited for personal gain, and freedom.
”BADLAIN GAY HUM ,TO BADLAY GA PAKISTAN”
Veresha Khan is Writer, Blogger and upcoming emergent talent in Social media