By Web Desk

Bytes For All, Pakistan (B4A), a human and digital rights organization, in collaboration with Gwadar Youth Forum organized a march in the port city of Gwadar today in connection with International Women’s Day on 8th March.

A large number of Gwadari women, citizen journalists, social activists, students and young men took part in the march, which was part of the global campaign, hashtagged as #Men4Women March for raising awareness about the women’s rights.

The participants marched starting from Rural Community Development Council, (RCD) Gwadar to Pakistan Radio station’s old office in the port town to highlight the plight of women.

B4A’s digital news project aims to seek good governance and transparency focusing on the remote regions of Pakistan including Gwadar where the Information Center has been piloted to provide a platform to the local community and a network of citizen journalists.

The marchers carried banners and play cards with ‘Men4Women’ inscribed on them, as more and more men are joining the global campaign in which men are standing up for their mothers, wives, daughters and colleagues.

Earlier, a seminar was also held, which was attended by a large number of people from all walks of life including local officials of Gwadar. The speakers highlighted the role of Balochi women and their continued struggle for women’s rights in the face of customs, norms and taboos that impose restrictions on women preventing them from participation as an equal citizen.

An exhibition of wool sculptures and artwork by Shahina Rasheed, an emerging artist of Gwadar, was also put on display at the event in which people took a keen interest. Oppression of women was the main theme of the young artist.

College students performing at the RCD council.

Female students also presented a theatre highlighting the issues that perpetuate the marginalization of women.

A prominent local social activist is speaking at the seminar.

Prominent social activists of Gwadar Tahira Khursheed, Dr Sadaf Baloch, and advocate Shazia Mehrab, and the Gwadar Port Authority’s Chairman Dostain Khan Jamaldeeni were present at the event.