Thursday, August 17, 2023

Why are Islamists and extremists against Leena and Metoo Movement?

 Islamists and extremists are against Leena Ghani and the MeToo Movement for several reasons, including religious orthodoxy, conservatives within the state, and societal norms and expectations.

  1. Religious orthodoxy: Pro-women legislation and movements like MeToo are often challenged by religious orthodoxy in Pakistan. The MeToo movement and Aurat Marches, which have been held across many Pakistani cities since 2018, have faced backlash from religio-nationalist groups
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  2. Conservatives within the state: Right-wing political parties and conservatives within the state also oppose the MeToo movement and women's rights activism. These groups may view the movement as a threat to traditional values and societal norms
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  3. Societal norms and expectations: Pakistani society has deeply ingrained patriarchal norms, and the MeToo movement challenges these norms by empowering women to speak out against sexual harassment and assault. Leena Ghani has faced criticism for sharing her experiences of harassment, with some suggesting that the harassment she allegedly suffered "wasn't that bad"
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     The backlash against the Aurat Marches, which were inspired by the MeToo movement, also demonstrates the resistance to change in societal norms and expectations
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These factors contribute to the opposition that Leena Ghani and the MeToo movement face from Islamists and extremists in Pakistan.

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