Aurat March 2020: Pakistani Celebrities Come Out In Support
Mahira Khan, Osman Khalid Butt and other celebrities came out to support the Aurat March 2020 as it was being held in different cities across Pakistan on International Women’s Day
The Aurat March took place on March 8, 2020 in different cities across Pakistan. Women and men alike took to the street to rally for and defend the rights of women (as well as other minority groups) in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Islamabad and Multan. The first Aurat March took place in 2018 and again in 2019, making this the third annual Aurat March. While many notable personalities commented on and celebrated International Women’s Day in their own way, several vocal celebrities not only showed their support on social media but actually came out and marched alongside their fellow Pakistanis as the crowd marched for equality, the right to education and against honor killings, acid attacks, harassment and so forth.
Mahira Khan was also seen at the march, holding a sign that said “Mujhe behtari nahin, barabari chahiye” (I don’t want things to be superior, I want to be equal)
— Team Mahira Khan (@TeamMahiraKhan) March 8, 2020
Mahira Khan was also seen with Mira Sethi and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. While Mira Sethi held up a placard with the words “Mera Jism Meri Marzi, Meri Zindagi Meri Marzi,” (My Body My Choice, My Life My Choice), Mahira Khan held one that stated “Why I March – Because someone long before me marched for my rights and I didn’t even know it.”
Osman Khalid Butt, a vocal supporter of women’s rights, was seen marching and encouraging others to donate to educate underprivileged girls, his placard reading “It takes 1500 a month to educate an underprivileged girl. Donate, educate and empower. #SheWillRise.” He also shared a tweet with information given to him by actress and activist Nadia Jamil regarding organizations to donate to.
My donation has been to TCF’s ‘Let’s Empower a Girl’s Dream’ campaign - link below - and that is just one of several non profit organizations you can donate to (remember, no amount is too small!) /2https://t.co/2dkT7EReJ6— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) March 8, 2020
Actor Adnan Malik, another vocal supporter of equality, was seen at the march as well with Mira Sethi and director Saqib Malik, wearing a label stating “Unka Jism Unki Marzi.” He also tweeted “Un ka jism, un ki marzi. Aap ka jism, aap ki marzi. Mera jism, meri marzi. Live and let live.”
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While the Aurat March encountered its share of controversy, including physical attacks by those against the march, there was a large turnout of men and women alike. While some celebrities and public figures, like Mansha Pasha and Jibran Nasir, were unable to attend, they showed their support for the march on social media.