With International Women’s Day, which is observed all round the world on March 8, just a day away, preparations for the third Aurat March are in full swing. However, the kind of criticism that Aurat March has attracted recently has provoked several celebrities to speak up, in its favour or against it. Among those who have spoken up in support of Aurat March include celebrities such as Mahira Khan, Osman Khalid Butt and Sarmad Khoosat, among others.
We are well aware of the fact that Mahira Khan is the kind of celebrity who is never afraid to speak up against social injustices and sensitive issues. After speaking up about writer and director Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar’s reprehensible behaviour of cussing at Marvi Sirmed on national television as well as against Aurat March slogan, Mahira Khan took to Twitter lending her support to the movement.
“I’m sure those who have been organizing the Aurat March are experienced and have been working for years for the cause of women,” tweeted the Superstar actress. “They have a better idea of what should and should not be done. I write out of pure observation. #WhyIMarch,” she added.
In another tweet Mahira asked, “On a separate note. Why do we march? As a privileged woman I march for those who are not in my position, who don’t have the basic rights that I have enjoyed since I was born.”
She continued, “Can we then please be careful with the slogans and words we put out? Can we hold placards of the causes we are fighting for, the issues we want resolved, the basic rights and needs of those who suffer because they are either unaware of their rights or they are not given to them. Can we hold banners of laws we would like to be put into place and those that have harmed women over the years? Don’t we want as many people as possible to understand why we march?”
The actress further posed questions like “why then must we hold posters that are just there to instigate?”
In the end Mahira stated, “We are a country getting used to the idea of Equal Rights, #MeToo, Times Up. All of us, as those in a position of power and privilege, should speak a language that a common man would understand. We don’t march for ourselves. We march for those who cannot march for themselves.”