A plethora of debate is going on deeming these feminist slogans which are centred on women rights. All of these catchphrases have the same demands but with an altered way of correspondence. For instance, all these demands are explicitly against exploitation, discrimination, and oppression of women. Similarly, these slogans “My Body, My will”, “My body, My right”, “My body, ourselves”, are UN-based itinerary for highlighting women rights. So we can say that they are different mantras with identical objectives. In past, the waves of feminism led a foundation for women to demonstrate their existence in every conceivable way. For instance, the first wave highlighted the issue of Discrimination through Mary Wollstonecraft book “A vindication of women rights” in the 19th century. The second wave covered oppression against women through Betty Friedman book “Feminist Mystique”. Likewise, the third wave of feminism highlighted “Marginalization of women”. Furthermore, these approaches also provided a solution such as emancipation through equality, liberation against oppression and inclusion of women in mainstreaming through diversity. But, were always criticized due to some groups by pointing towards some of the loopholes.
Despondently in Pakistan, the demands for women rights have been embellished and misapprehended due to the lack of research-based knowledge. The misogynist and patriarchal mindset believes that such slogans are perplexing the ethos and principals of Islam. So, I partially agree with them because this isn’t merely misinterpreted by some men but also by some women, who are hovering a contradictive sub-slogan for basic demands by simply challenging the men’s ego which is so fragile. Also, this dialectical war between these opponents is based on their egos rather than on the main cause. Therefore, such an approach diminishes the fundamental objectives of this slogan.
Most of the reputed media channels use this movement as a tool to raise and promote their ratings. They sensationalize the news; they exaggerate the news by manipulating the public and the consequences create intolerance among masses which further results in an erroneous war of words and abusive languages. Also, there are a plethora of fallacies going on over social media among the public through distinct opinions. Everyone is busy in proving its own opinion without any knowledge.
The basic objective of “My Body, My Right”.
The basic objective of this slogan is to raise the voice against those women-based obstructions which are suppressive since the world has been created.
In Pakistan, this slogan is sensationalized intentionally by many interest groups. I believe if they comprehend the actual anxieties behind these slogans than it will be more effective in the long-term. No one can deny the fact that Islam has given rights to women most prolifically by revealing the entire chapter over women rights (Surah Nisa) over Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Also, the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) led many examples of how to treat a woman. But, are we treating them in the same way?
Here are some of the highlighted objectives of this slogan and these aren’t against Islam. The below issues aren’t only issues but these are just to show the actual complications.
- Forced marriages, several young girls/women are enforced into wed-lock beside their consent. Pakistan is a Muslim welfare state and Islam postulates full rights to women to marry according to their discretion, still, we desert to follow Islam, and this injustice against women exists. Likewise, the Constitution of Pakistan forbids under-age marriages. None of any boy and girl under 18 is endorsed to marry. Unfortunately, the laws are only enacted, but nobody is willing to influence these laws which may protect women and young girls.
- In many areas of Pakistan, the Female Genital Mutilation process is carried out for a wide number of reasons, none of which have positive health implications. In some areas of Pakistan, young girls and their families are pressurized to capitulate to the custom of FGM that has been carried out for generations. The societies who exercise female genital mutilation are motivated by the belief that by mutilating the female genitalia helps a girl and these girls will fearlessly resist to “illicit” sexual acts. Additionally, the anxiety of experiencing discomfort that comes with the opening of the stitches of the tampered/covered vaginal opening is said to thwart further “illicit” relations amongst women and men.
- In Pakistan, approximately 20-30% of women face some form of domestic abuse during their lifetime. The Marital rape is a usual form of spousal exploitation as it is not considered to be a crime under Zina decrees. Many men and women in Pakistan are raised with the beliefs that “sex may be a man’s right in marriage”.
- A general view of reproductive health status indicators reveals that fertility levels have remained high (TFR is around 5 births per woman) with low contraceptive use. Infant mortality rate, though declining, is estimated to be around in Pakistan 85–90 per 1000 live births and excess mortality is clear among girl children than boys between 1–4 years aged, suggesting gender discrimination in child health care and nutrition. Many women have a high risk of dying due to pregnancy and childbirth complications, especially in rural areas. As such, maternal death rate remains high at 340 per 100,000 live births
We cannot neglect the fact that our body belongs to All Mighty ALLAH, and he has given commendable rights to women. however, if our bodies belong to ALLAH than why some of us are disrespecting their bodies through harassment, raping and domestic abasement. we should understand that why women are raising such slogans? Criticizing them is not an appropriate approach.
Written by Shah Fahad