March is upon us and as usual, the annual Aurat March will take place where women will leave their homes to march for their rights on Women’s Day. As it will fall on a weekday this year, Aurat March Karachi has decided to reschedule and move it the march to March 12, Sunday, in order to accommodate working class women so they can attend without fear of losing their wages.
On Tuesday, they made the announcement on Instagram. “Aurat March Karachi will be held on March 12, 2023 this year. We continue to stand in complete solidarity with the Aurat Marches in Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan that will be held on March 8, 2023,” read the caption.
In the post, the organisers spoke about what women will be marching for this year and it included “our hunger, social security, a living wage, an end to bonded labour, rehabilitation of flood victims, an end to mob violence, an end to domestic violence, the Transgender Persons Protection Act 2018 and to end forced conversions”.
They explained their reasons for the delay. “On account of March 8 being a weekday, we have decided to hold Aurat March in Karachi on Sunday, March 12 instead so that the working class communities we work with do not have to experience the distress of losing out on a day of wages. The march will be held with all its fire and energy on the March 12, 2023.”