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(en) France, CNT-ait: Anarchosyndicalisme! #181 - March 8: Remember the brave women of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan who are fighting against their fascist regimes and patriarchy (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 28 May 2023 09:39:24 +0300

The Workers Solidarity Federation, federation of friends of AIT in Pakistan, will participate in the Women's March, Aurat march (in Urdu) in Karachi on March 12: ---- "Don't forget the brave women of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistani women for their struggle against fascist regimes and patriarchy on International Working Women's Day. Let's hope for a better world where we all feel safe and loved. ---- On March 12, the Workers' Solidarity Federation WSF-AIT, , will join the Aurat March in Karachi @AuratMarchKHI with banners to support the struggle of Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani women, against the forced conversion of girls minors as well as the rights of transgender people! So join us for a better world!»

The Aurat March is an annual socio-political protest held since 2018 in Pakistani cities like Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta to observe International Women's Day.

The march manifesto demands economic justice, including the implementation of labor rights and the Protection from Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act 2010, recognition of women's unpaid contributions to the ''economy of care'' (social and solidarity economy), and the addition of maternity leave to work contracts as well as the setting up of crèches to ensure the inclusion of women in the working population. The march also demands access to clean air and water, the protection of animals and wildlife, the recognition of women's participation in the production of food and cash crops, access to a system fair justice, inclusion of women with disabilities and the transgender community, reproductive justice, free access to public spaces, inclusion in educational institutions, etc...

During the march, women and men carry placards with slogans such as Ghar ka Kaam, Sab ka Kaam ("Housework is everyone's business"), and Mera Jism Meri Marzi ("My body, my choice ") became the rallying cry.

Mera Jism Meri Marzi (lit. My body, my choice)
Mera Jism Meri Marzi, "My body, my choice", is a slogan used by feminists in Pakistan to demand bodily autonomy and protest against gender-based violence.

Other popular slogans are:

- Nazar teri gandi aur purdah mein keroun ("Why should I adopt the veil because of your bad habit of ogling?")

- Agar dupatta itna pasand hai tou apni aankhon pe bandh lo ("If you love the scarf so much, then tie it around your eyes")

- Tu kare tou Stud, Mai Karun tou Slut ("If you do it, you're a stud, but if I do it, I'm a slut")

- Khana khud garam karo ("Prepare the food yourself")

Conservatives, the right and Islamists oppose these slogans which they believe are contrary to their Islamic ideology and which they claim promote vulgarity as well as Western culture and agenda. Opponents of the Aurat march accused its organizers on social networks of displaying a French flag, while the flag of the Women Democratic Front is red, white and purple... The most radical opponents added threats to stop the march of Aurat by force if it includes slogans unacceptable to them.

In 2021, according to Pakistani Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Noorul Haq Qadri, Islamic societies are best at protecting women's rights. Qadri said that the banners, placards and slogans of the Aurat March do not correspond to the social, political and religious norm of Pakistan in the collective thought of the Pakistani people, and that individuals or civil society participating in the Aurat March do not should not have the freedom to undermine religious injunctions and that the Aurat March should instead be celebrated as Hijab Day to focus the discrimination of Hindu extremists against Muslim minorities in India. Every year, marches are organized amid intimidation and attacks.

We stand with Iranian women.

We stand with the women of Iran.

Estamos con las mujeres de Iran.

Ni staras kun la virinoj de Irano.

Give Afghan women the right to education and life!

Give Afghan women the right to education and life!

¡Den a las mujeres afganas el derecho a la educación ya la vida!

Donu al afganaj virinoj la rajton i edukado kaj vivo!

Stop the enforced disappearance of Baloch women!

Stop the forced disappearance of Baloch women!

¡Alto a la desaparición forzada de mujeres baluchis!

Arrêtez la disparition forcée des femmes baloutches!

We are against the forced religious conversion of underage girls in Pakistan

We are against the enforced conversion of minor girls in Pakistan!

Estamos in contra of the forzada conversion of niñas menores in Pakistan

Ni estas kontrau la devigita konvertigo de negravaj knabinoj in Pakistano

Protect the lives of transgender people!

Protect the life of transgenders!

Protect the life of the transgenero personas!

Protect the life of transgenruloj!

Companions from the Workers' Solidarity Federation Pakistan participated in the Karachi AuratMarch today. We anarchists regard the existence of a state as the basis of paternalism. We humans are against anyone's monopoly and consider it our duty to speak out against it.

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