The ‘Aurat March’ here on the 8th of March coincides with the ‘International Women’s Day’ which is observed
as a Civil awareness day for Women and girls and also as Anti-sexism day and Anti-Discrimination Day. Celebrating such ideals should not have been a source of threat and annoyance to anyone of course except to those who have an inborn insecurity about women
having a say over their lives; for unfortunately lives of women have been decided by and dictated by the patriarchy which prevails in most societies for long and these insecure ones feel threatened and imperiled by the freedom that women may succeed in securing
by expressing their resentment and defiance at the male dominated homes, societies and states.
many who feel that this will lead to an end to their absolute rule over women and consequently term the protest and expression of defiance by women as something vulgar and unacceptable. Losing power and authority which is not based of justice always evokes
a brutal response from those threatened so these very fanatical and frenzied elements among them, and they abound, resist women rights desperately and that is what we are witnessing here today.
Regressive societies treat women as chattel and property and it is a fact that regressive societies are sustained by and thrive in regressive states. Aurat March is not only a social action but in essence
naturally a political act; for without fighting for undoing and defeating the regressive states and their organized and systematic patriarchy the regressive societies cannot be undone and real liberation of women will remain an unfulfilled dream forever.
This liberation battle is not only for physical liberation but also for the liberation of soul because eons of domination have not only resulted
in physical subjugation but also subjugation of mind and soul too so unless this battle for physical liberation includes battle for liberation of soul and mind the battle for physical liberation will remain a zero-sum game. There are indeed overwhelming odds
in achieving these ends but unless there is concerted and persistent fight for these multiple goals victory will elude us.
is hard enough even for those sectors of society and regions where education is widespread and women can, though with difficulty, pursue careers and have some independence now imagine the obstacles and odds that Baloch women have to surmount even to secure
education which may then translate into careers and a semblance of apparent freedom and rights to decide about what they can do with their lives.
The Baloch women not only have to deal with a regressive society and a regressive state but also with a brutal, repressive state which denies them and the men of their nation of rights which are thought acceptable for others. The fallout of the brutality
of the state affects the women even more than it does the men. There are mothers who do not know where their sons are, there are sisters who do not know where their brothers are, there are wives who do not know if they are widows or can they hold out hope
of return of their husbands, there are daughters who do not know if they are orphans and will ever have a father’s shoulder to cry on and hold on for support.
This means that the Baloch women have to battle a lot more odds than the others and in this they need to be supported by all those who fight for women rights and liberation from regressive societies and repressive states for unless
the fight that Baloch women fight is also joined by others it will result in alienation and trust deficit between Baloch women and women of other regions; this will be the inevitable result if Baloch women feel others are disowning them and their fight.
Baloch women will however continue their fight for their survival and rights but will rightly feel betrayed and ignored by others in their battle
for emancipation. Progressive women have stood up for Baloch women but where are so many others who have a voice which may have been heard afar have not stood up for them. This is for all to decide if this fight is for all women or is this a fight for specific
areas and classes only. This fight has to transverse the entire spectrum if it is to be a deterring force against the repressors and resisters of women’s rights. The tapestry of women fight for rights will remain unfinished and blemished if Baloch rights