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" 'Mera Jism Meri Marzi' is unrelated to attire," states Zhalay Sarhadi.

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" 'Mera Jism Meri Marzi' is unrelated to attire," states Zhalay Sarhadi.

The slogan, 'Mera Jism Meri Marzi,' has been a topic of controversy since its inception in 2018 during the inaugural Aurat March in Karachi. Throughout the years, feminist organizers, activists, and advocates have consistently emphasized the slogan's importance in raising awareness about reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and consent education. Despite numerous clarifications, this slogan continues to be misunderstood as part of a Western agenda aimed at eroding traditional values.

In discussing her own reservations about the Aurat March, Zhalay Sarhadi suggested that the discourse surrounding the slogan reflects a broader issue. The actor from "Digest Writer" stressed the need for the Aurat March to articulate its demands in a more effective manner to effectively convey its message to the public.

Sarhadi highlighted that excessive "aggression" within feminist spaces can divert attention from crucial issues and discourage potential allies, as seen with certain slogans, despite their well-intentioned meanings. She remarked, "There's nothing inherently wrong with 'Mera Jism Meri Marzi,' but people have attached all sorts of 'misguided' interpretations to it."

Furthermore, Sarhadi pointed out the diverse attitudes towards feminism in Pakistan and rejected the "twisted" and "distorted" perspectives associated with the movement. She straightforwardly stated that if you believe in equal rights for all, then you are, by definition, a feminist.

Tayyaba Dua

Tayyaba Dua