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Outrage in Pakistan after Art Council holds feminist debate without WOMEN

Outrage in Pakistan after Art Council holds feminist debate without WOMEN

  • Social media play forces event organizers to make changes to the line-up
  • One of the male panel members admits that the title of the event is & # 39; misleading & # 39; used to be
  • Debathost Uzma al-Karim said the panel & # 39; hurts the feelings of many & # 39;

A debate about feminism organized by the Arts Council of Pakistan without women in the panel has brought a backlash on social media in Pakistan.

The fully masculine panel would sit down for a debate entitled Feminism: The Other Perspective on Friday, before the indignant reaction to the line-up and the name of the event forced the organizers to add two women to the event – feminist Mehtab Akbar Rashdi and journalist Quatrina Hosain.

The event takes place in Karachi under a new name, Understanding Feminism, and the literature has been adapted to raise awareness of Uzma al-Karim.

A woman carries a plate and sings slogans during a rally on the occasion of the International Women's Day in Lahore, Pakistan on March 8, 2019.

A woman carries a plate and sings slogans during a rally on the occasion of the International Women's Day in Lahore, Pakistan on March 8, 2019.

One woman was on the original line-up of the event, panel host Uzma al-Karim, but users of social media noted that her name was not prominent in the literature.

The Arts Council of Pakistan tried to defend the original panel by saying that the male decision makers of the original panel were invited to share their opinion on feminism.

One of the male panel members, Jibran Nasir, admitted that the title & # 39; misleading & # 39; and that he had asked the organizers to change it.

The social backlash turned out to be too much for the organizers to ignore

The social backlash turned out to be too much for the organizers to ignore

The social backlash turned out to be too much for the organizers to ignore

Some Pakistani social media users condemned the Arts Council of Pakistan for trying to organize a fully male panel on feminism and the only perspective we have listened to & # 39; to have mentioned

Some Pakistani social media users condemned the Arts Council of Pakistan for trying to organize a fully male panel on feminism and the only perspective we have listened to & # 39; to have mentioned

Some Pakistani social media users condemned the Arts Council of Pakistan for trying to organize a fully male panel on feminism and the only perspective we have listened to & # 39; to have mentioned

Nasir said that the panel was about & # 39; men who talk to other men about reconsidering masculinity and why we as men need feminism & # 39 ;.

Nasir added that the panel had no intention of explaining & # 39; feminism & # 39; or & # 39; to talk about women's issues as men & # 39 ;.

However, many Pakistanis rejected this idea with blogger Sajeer Shaikh writing that the panel & # 39; has promoted an existing privilege and emphasizes a perspective that has been the dominant story for years & # 39 ;.

Some social media users opted for a humorous approach to criticize the Arts Council event

Some social media users took a humorous approach to criticize the Arts Council event

Some social media users took a humorous approach to criticize the Arts Council event

Some social media users chose humor over anger, while male comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh mocked the panel by saying that he would follow up the event with a & # 39; menstrual workshop & # 39; to organise.

Al-Karim, who was involved in the organization of the event, took over twitter to respond to the furore and acknowledge that the fully masculine panel hurts the feelings of many & # 39 ;.

Debathost Uzma al-Karim responded to the furious reactions on social media on Twitter

Debathost Uzma al-Karim responded to the furious reactions on social media on Twitter

Debathost Uzma al-Karim responded to the furious reactions on social media on Twitter

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