Aurat March Volunteers Fight Back By Reinstalling Vandalised Mural In Lahore
Volunteers of the planned Aurat March reinstalled a mural with artwork and posters for the march days after it was vandalised and torn off by unidentified individuals at Hussain Chowk, Lahore.
Talking to Naya Daur, a volunteer Alina Anjum who participated in the activity said that they were reinstalling the mural to give the vandalizers a message that these scare tactics won’t stop them from mobilising for the Aurat March. “If you are afraid of the power of our art, we will continue to use it.”
“We are peacefully raising our voice against the injustice that patriarchy subjects both men and women to. But some intolerant people with fragile egos could not accept it”, another volunteer said.
During the installation of the mural at Hussain Chowk, the volunteers interacted with the passersby and invited them to the Aurat March.
On Saturday, the mural created by volunteers and participants of the Aurat March 2020 was vandalised on Saturday evening just a few hours after it was installed at Hussain Chowk. A design competition was held where women and girls were asked to design posters and artwork for the march. According to the organisers, they received several submissions after which they decided to display them all in the form of a mural. “But a few hour after the activity, we found that the posters were torn”, a volunteer told Naya Daur.