We (women) have a dream  

MULTAN: To say that being a woman is no easy feat is indeed an understatement. Right from the time of birth a female becomes so much more than her own self. She becomes someone’s daughter, sister, wife and a mother. With all these roles come added responsibilities that she may or may not want for herself. Is it any surprise then that being a woman can be exhausting?

While the sheer strength and resilience of women to perform any and all roles that they take on in life is undeniable, the point of contention arises when they are robbed of the agency to decide the course of their lives themselves. In a society as patriarchal as Pakistan, women are often told what to do instead of being allowed to choose and decide. However in recent times several different campaigns have been initiated which are aimed at championing the cause of female right to life and expression.

In March 2018, women took to the streets to reclaim the space that is rightfully theirs. The Aurat March which saw around 500 women of different socio-economic classes, occupations and age groups come together, proved that when women come together they can be an unstoppable force. With slogans like khana khud garam kerlo and ghar ka kaam, sab ka kaam going viral, the event served to initiate a debate in mainstream society about the equal and shared roles and responsibilities of both men and women. Moreover, the event marked a triumph for women over the regressive forces that seek to bar them from venturing into public spaces. This message was further expounded on by the MaiBhi campaign at the Lux Style Awards. Similar to the MeToo campaign which highlighted and exposed the deeply entrenched phenomenon of sexual harassment aimed at women, MaiBhi also aimed to celebrate the milestones achieved by different women as well as to stress all the prevailing social injustices committed against females in our society.

Although the female striving to seek equality has made her way through some of the most stringent societal barriers, there’s still a long way to go. As long as women has no awareness of their rights, and are objected to oppression and choose to remain silent, the struggle would not and should not end.

Sana Shabbir

Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2018.

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