The Women Activism in Pakistan: An Analysis of ‘Aurat March

  • Syeda National University of Modern Languages
  • Munazza National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad
Keywords: Western Feminism, International Women's Day, Pakistan, 'Aurat March, Slogans

Abstract

In Pakistan, although women’s activism was initiated since the country came into existence, but a diverse activism was observed by the nation in the form of ‘Aurat March during 2018-2020. The current study examines the Western feminism, what it was initiated for and its accomplishments in the current time. By employing a discourse analysis approach to the ‘Aurat March event, this study highlights the women’s activism in Pakistan, ‘Aurat March and the antipathy faced by organizers and supporters from the public because of its strange slogans and ridiculous placards. It also observes the relationship between western feminism and ‘Aurat March activism from the perspective of the social, cultural, and religious transformation of society. The study finds the need to raise a constructive and logical voice for women’s rights with support of the public to eradicate social evils instead of focusing on insignificant matters. It has further recommended that there is a need to build a framework in which one may be able to differentiate women’s rights in the context of western feminism and the limitation of women’s emancipation in Islamic context.

Author Biographies

Syeda, National University of Modern Languages

PhD Scholar, Department of Islāmic Studies,

National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan

Munazza, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad

Assistant Professor, Department of Islamic Studies,

National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan

Published
2020-12-12
How to Cite
Khushbakht, S. M., & Sultana, M. (2020). The Women Activism in Pakistan: An Analysis of ‘Aurat March. Al-Milal: Journal of Religion and Thought, 2(2), 50-69. https://doi.org/10.46600/almilal.v2i2.144
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Articles