Women rights: Equity not Equality
Women rights, women rights, women rights… Such an exasperating term it is. Being a girl shouldn’t I support this subject? But if I hear any term like this, I spontaneously close my ears. This means I favour chauvinism. But actually, I don’t. This doesn’t mean that I’m a sophisticated type of girl. Alas! I’m against cheap feminism. On every women’s day a group of women come outside with banners like “mera jism meri marzi,” “lo baith gai ma sahi ho k,” “nazrein tumhari gandi parda ma kyun karun,” it is actually insulting to a woman or maybe it is like adding insult to an injury. In Pakistan, do every women have property rights? Do they not face domestic abuse? Do they not face harassment on every other day? Are women secure outside their homes for education, jobs etc? We have so many genuine issues to discuss but we are still stuck in “apna khana khud garm kr lo”. The imminent purpose of women empowerment is to recognize and appreciate women for their achievements not to cross all limits and criticize men. Emancipation of women is vital for the development but that should not be at the expense of slamming and abusing the opposite male gender. Apart from criticism what important issues did the movement highlighted? Security, education, wage equality, a safer environment free from sexual molestation and harassment? That march missed the direction and was failed to raise grave issues commonly faced by women.
Are there not any acid victims? At least 400 annual acid attacks are recorded in Pakistan. This is used as an inexpensive weapon of choice that causes physical disfigurement and trauma. On April 19, 2018, three female students in Gujrat were attacked with acid for rejecting a marriage proposal. Similarly, in Rahim Yar Khan on April 14, 2018, a man hurled acid at his wife and two daughters. On February 13, 2018, a masked man allegedly threw acid at a woman in Sialkot. We have hundreds of cases the same year but we still give space to feminism like “mera jism meri marzi”. We also need to educate men against domestic abuse so that we may reduce domestic violation.
Our Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:
“Women are created from rib and if you try to straighten a rib you will break it, So deal with her gently.”
Similarly, child marriage remains a serious concern. According to United Nation children’s fund, 21% of girls in Pakistan are married before they reach the age of 18. So, we need to stop this type of Aurat march because it’s against our culture and tradition.
Written By: Nigar Hashmi