PROVINCIAL politicians in northwestern Pakistan are really angry that thousands of women across Pakistan took part in marches to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.
So angry are they that, on Wednesday, lawmakers in the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa provincial parliament unanimously adopted a resolution denouncing the marches as:
A shameless and un-Islamic act.
The lawmakers included those from Pakistan’s ruling party of former cricket-star-turned Prime Minister Imran Khan and those from opposition parties, including the left-leaning Pakistan People’s Party now led by the son of ex-Premier Benazir Bhutto.
On International Women’s day, observed every March 8, Pakistani women carried posters demanding women’s rights, attacked Pakistan’s patriarchal society and celebrated being single or divorced.
The posters caused uproar on social media with conservative and right-wing religious leaders condemning them as immoral.
Women’s rights activists have condemned the resolution.