The momentum of the Aurat March has generated creativity like no other. Slogans are at the forefront of the March; they’re witty, they’re thought-provoking, and they perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the event. Every year, we see hundreds of new phrases painted on signs across the country, demanding justice for women in some form. But these aren’t just quips; slogans from the Aurat March manage to be incredibly powerful in so few words. “Mera Jism Meri Marzi” isn’t a complicated statement, but it rings so heavily and true that it is almost synonymous with the entire movement.

  • #JaggaDein
    • “Jagga Dein” translates to “Give Me Space.” Not only does this refer to the literal phrase that women must utter in physical spaces dominated by men, but it also refers to the need for more safe, public spaces for women to simply exist.
  • Paratha Rolls, Not Gender Roles
  • Mera Jism, Meri Marzi
    • “Mera Jism, Meri Marzi” translate to “My Body, My Choice.” This is the most controversial and recognisable slogans of the movement and has drawn the most attention.
  • Ghar Ka Kaam, Sab Ka Kaam
    • “Ghar Ka Kaam, Sab Ka Kaam” translates to “Housework is everybody’s work.” This is in reference to how in Pakistan, women are generally expected to be the sole caretakers of the home, which includes cooking and childcare.
  • Patriarchy’s Janaza
    • “Janaza” is the Urdu word for “funeral.”
  • Women Are Humans, Not Honour
    • This is in reference to the honour killings that still take place all over Pakistan.

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