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Abstract

This paper traces the evolution and regeneration of the feminist movement in Pakistan. It examines the contemporary feminist movement in the country against the backdrop of strong opposition faced by protest style congregations named ‘Aurat March’ on international women’s day. Weaving the narrative through conversations of leading feminists and prominent individuals belonging to the religious right, it postulates how the backlash to raising issues of sexuality and body politics has regenerated the feminist movement in Pakistan.

Note on the Author

Syeda Mujeeba Batool is an independent researcher and human rights activist. She specializes in women’s and child rights advocacy and brings 20 years of diverse experience concentrated mainly in women, children, and human rights research, and advocacy. She has designed, led, and managed numerous seminal and complex research studies, assessments, and evaluations focused on gender discrimination, gender parity in education, child marriages, sexual harassment in the workplace, and violence against women.

Dr. Aisha Anees Malik is currently an Assistant Professor in the Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She obtained her PhD in 2010 from the University of Cambridge where she researched gender and social policy. She also has an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests span gender, development, religion, identity, diasporas, and diversity.

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