Women Take to Twitter with #WhyIMarch to Signify Why Aurat March is Necessary For Every Pakistani

While girls, women and even some men of all walks of life prepare to take to the streets for Aurat March this year, a lawyer in Lahore has filed a petition in Lahore High Court against the march, aiming to stop them from celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th like last year.

The petition filed by Advocate Azhar Siddique claims, “If Aurat March 2019 is taken in account, it can clearly be observed that the so-called ‘Aurat March’ is nothing but an anti-state activity aimed at tarnishing the dignity of women and tarnishing the image of Islam.” He claims that “morality and decency have to be safeguarded and protected by the state at all costs”.  He believes that Aurat March is “vulgarity” and that “There are laws in place to safeguard women’s rights and fundamental rights.Regarding rights, I am unable to see any disparity.” However, women having 60 seats in the house of 342 people hardly reflects on equality (an example that Mr.Siddique used to highlight that there is no difference between the rights men and women get in Pakistan). Shocked? We were too!

Therefore, to tell Mr.Siddique exactly why Aurat March is NOT vulgar but absolutely essential, girls and women of all ages took to Twitter to share WHY they choose to partake in Aurat March with the hashtag #WhyIMarch. Here are a few that caught our attention:

We hope these tweets reach Mr.Siddique and he rethinks the joke of a petition that he filed for the ban of Aurat March. THIS IS WHY WE MARCH!


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