Celebrities Continue to Join the Feminist Movement in Pakistan
To all the people who have no idea what this top trending topic on the Pakistani twitter #Girlsonbikes is all about, it is basically the third rally held by the ‘Girls at Dhabas’ as a motive to empower women by reclaiming their public spaces in Pakistan.
It is true that women in Pakistan are deprived of freely moving around the public spaces in the country. Startlingly, the major cities of the country too proudly withstand the heavy load of patriarchy on their shoulders and have been dispossessing the women in country from claiming their right to move around the public spaces.
But not anymore! Says the ‘Girls at Dhabas’ squad, which organized this march that has been taking place consecutively since past 2 years.
This came with reactions of every kind. There were people who supported this initiative and called it an excellent move while others threw a barrage of criticism and questioned the honor of the girls who participated in this rally.
This came as no surprise as we are still a country that’s fighting its battle against patriarchy. From our markets to even our TV programming, all areas of life in Pakistan are unfortunately plagued by misogynistic values. A recent morning show which encouraged black-face on women is evidence of that.
There was a massive parade of people who backed up this move and they took to twitter to show their support.
Kudos to our girls, taking the initiative to defy patriarchy. #Girlsonbikes take it to the streets to break the stereotypes and normalise girls riding bicycles! 🚲 🚲
📷: @girlsatdhabas #girlpower #GIRLSCANDOANYTHING #woman #Womania #girlsrule #Pakistani #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/6os4JxybM0
— Piñata (@atPinata) April 1, 2018
We are proud too!
Women around #Pakistan (Isb, Lhr & Khi) are on roads today using bicycles to reclaim their space and normalise girls riding bicycles. So proud of these brave girls!
— Faran Rafi (@faranrafi) April 1, 2018
Yeh sarak meri he!!
— Girls at Dhabas (@girlsatdhabas) April 2, 2018
Then there were some people who need to be re-taught about the concept of ‘equal rights’.
What’s going on people, what’s the main agenda behind #GirlsOnBikes in an Islamic country? Can anyone explain?
— Dignitary Dani (@dignitarydani) April 1, 2018
We failed to understand what is this one more concerned about.
C’mon who’d buy this Empowerment gimmickry in the name of #GirlsOnBikes.
In a country of average 40*temp You expect women peddle bicycles to run chores, esp fastidious Elite that would demand SPF 50 BB creams before going out?
Do #NGOs have a life or should get one immediately. pic.twitter.com/SeBge2tKPe
— Ahmad Mansoor (@mensoor) April 3, 2018
This girl still has the old ‘mindset’ and cares about ‘other people’.
Exposing doesn’t necessarily means to be naked. We all are Muslims and such act is highly absurd for a woman to be on streets like this. You never know what mindset the other people is looking at you with.
— Zaineb (@ZainebHere) April 1, 2018
She needed to be schooled. And Meesha Shafi schooled her well.
oh dear Zainab, ironic that the very thing you need, it seems… is exposure! Of a different kind. I hope you wake up sooner rather than later ✌🏼@girlsatdhabas #girlsonbikes 🚴🏽♀️🚴🏽♀️🚴🏽♀️🚴🏽♀️🚴🏽♀️🚴🏽♀️🚴🏽♀️ https://t.co/D5T3iBeRUR
— Meesha Shafi (@itsmeeshashafi) April 2, 2018
There is hope it seems, as far as Feminism in Pakistan is concerned. It’s incredible how the girls who took part in this rally ensured their participation in this eminently brilliant motive in spite of being well aware how many would disregard their efforts to reclaim their right. Kudos girls, we highly appreciate it!