Term feminism or feminist is use for movements or person that particularly fights for women rights and equality in the society.The first women conference was held in America 1848. So, concept of ‘feminism’ basically belongs to western World. This is partially the reason many people in Pakistan are against it because its western culture” and adaptation of everything western is just an elite class thing.
Even though this was start of a noble action over the time many mixed signals have been part of it in Pakistan that were perceived as negative. This is where everybody needs a reality check that our very own religion Islam emphasized on women rights from the very beginning that America was not even discovered by Christopher Columbus back then. Here is what Islam say: according to the Quran,
men and women have the same spirit, there is no superiority in the spiritual sense between men and women. [Noble Quran 4:1, 7:189, 42:11]
Now nowhere in teaching it is quote that the domestic affair should only be handled by women but the responsibilities have been divided among both.
Women have the same rights (in relation to their husbands) as are expected in all decency from them, while men stand a step above them. [Noble Quran 2:228]
Men doesn’t stand a step above in privilege but in responsibilities as a provider, protector and maintainer of the family. Both men and women differ in role but there for sure is equality and not brutality. Islam does not prevent women from working in suitable environment or even stop the from participating in politics and we have our examples of Hazrat Khadija (R.A) who was a business/trader woman and Hazrat Ayesha (R.A) was not only a preacher but also a Leader. Many other rights include women not changing her surname after marriage, women is not obligated to share her hard earning with her husband and that women are definitely allowed to like (by right means) someone and prefer her choice over parents in marriage. The references could be searched and quoted.
May be we Pakistani do not need to use term Feminism to get our rights but just demand our Islamic rights that way the issue of western adaptation would be sorted and the basis will not only be more solid but have to be accepted by people against western culture. The feminine activist needs to play smart. Since we live under “Islamic republican of Pakistan” the march for women Islamic rights can gather attention of law institutions as well. The best way to enlighten women about their rights is books, if not as an academic syllabus then through seminars with proper reference.