Aurat March 2021 theme and poster based on women’s health issues

Shanzay Salman

Shanzay Salman

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Aurat March 2021 is going to be about the “pandemic of patriarchy” and will highlight the health concerns of women that have been sidelined for far too long. It is no hidden fact that the mind and body are deeply intertwined with one another and mental strain can lead to severe damage on the human body.

The poster was published on Aurat March’s official Instagram page earlier today and is designed by Shehzil Malik.

In an exclusive interview with The Current, Shehzil talked about the process that took place behind designing the poster. “To know more about women’s health crisis, I reached out to a friend who works in Public Health,” she said “and it helped me in the research.”

“I like to research before I draw something, especially if it is for Aurat March or if it has something to do with Pakistani women in general. I didn’t want to depict women suffering, but rather envision a new reality where their health and well-being is a priority.”

She added that although all of her earlier posters revolved around all the damage inflicted upon the female body, as a result of the abuse they go through , she had to discard them as they gave the impression that there is something inherently wrong with women’s bodies. Whereas she wanted to show that there is nothing wrong with the female body but that it is an unhealthy environment, which doesn’t support or prioritize women’s health.

In this light, this year organizers decided to take on the issue that “Most women in Pakistan suffer from lack of nutrition due to the lack of priority given to women’s health and safety. 52% of women of reproductive age in Pakistan are anemic. Pakistan has the highest incident rate of breast cancer in Asia, One in ten Pakistani women are likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetime.”

In a statement issued on the official Aurat March Instagram page, organizers have stated that the march will highlight issues ranging from physical, reproductive, mental to community health, and the violence faced by women doctors, lady health workers, nurses and other health practitioners.