Pakistan:March in Lahore to celebrate the International Women Day 2010
Over 1500 women marched on the Mall, from Nasir Bagh to Punjab Assembly under the banner of World March of Women (WMW) to celebrate the International Women Day on Monday, March 08, 2010. Despite prevailing fear among Lahorites after early morning suicidal attack on FIA building in Model Town, thousands of women workers, including home-based workers, domestic workers, brick kiln and embellishment workers made their way to Nasir Bagh to observe the International Women Day.
Participants reached Nasir bagh in small groups from different areas of Lahore. The participants were chanting full throat slogans against repressive anti-women laws and anti-workers laws. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with demands in favor of women workers. Among the participants there was large number of young girls, who were singing revolutionary songs.
Participants wearing purple dupattas (scarfs) around their necks were marching in a disciplined manner behind the main banner, reading “END Economic Exploitation, STOP Social Injustices against Women”. The rally had a true radical color and mood as participants continued chanting anti-capitalist slogans all the way. The main slogans include “ end to economic injustice”, No to violence against women “ “women want equal rights” Long live socialism” “ End with discriminatory laws against women” Down with US imperialism” No to capitalism” No to Extremism” .
The WMW members including War Against Rape (WAR) , ASR, Shirkat Gah, ActionAid, Labor Education Foundation, Working Women Organization, Awami Jamhoori Foram (AJF), Progressive Youth Front, Labor Party Pakistan, Progressive Young Girls (PYG) and Home Based Aurat Workers Union (HBAWU) fervently participated in the march.