Do we need a women’s movement?

By Zubeida Mustafa

On the 8th of March, the world will commemorate International Women’s Day. Zubeida Mustafa reflects on the changing face of the women’s movement

On international women’s day last year, we had a torchlight march in Karachi to commemorate the occasion. I still remember how the flickering flames of the torches captured the powerful emotions on the faces of the participants. Most of them were familiar faces. Many had been turning up every year on March 8 for nearly two decades and the bonds of sisterhood held them together. It was reassuring to observe their strong commitment to the women’s cause. But it was saddening to note that there were not enough young faces around. The movement was aging — more in terms of the age of its members. Hence it also appears to be losing its vigour. Young blood is known to bring new strength to any institution.
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