Sophia Jamil is a singer, fashion blogger, makeup artist, Youtuber and actress born in Chitral based in New York (she can literally do it all!). She took to Twitter to explain her sentiments following the “Aurat March” in Pakistan this women’s day.
She talked about how she watched the coverage of the Aurat March and how inspired she was seeing women voice their frustrations about everything they want to change about our society.
Seeing banners discuss issues like forced marriages, the wage gap and honour killings amongst others really made her want to raise her voice too.
“I saw women coming together collectively asking for their rights. Rights that have been given to them by their religion but taken away by society. So I wrote a song to sum it all up Mera Jism Meri Marzi.”Sophia Jamil
This song beautifully explains all the issues that women are fighting against. How no one is trying to fight Islam, there’s no “yahoodi sazish” instead, the fight is with the patriarchal and misogynistic society.
If you really pay attention to the lyrics, you’d understand that the words “Mera Jism Meri Marzi” literally only means “My Body – My Choice”. As humans living in a society, we all should have the right to make decisions about our own bodies – we should have full body autonomy. Sadly for many women across our country, that isn’t the case. From Acid attacks to Honour killings, abuse on women is still something we hear about every single day.
A conversation has started in Pakistan. Those who hear “mera jism meri marzi” and think “how dare she?” I ask them, why so angry at a woman wanting body autonomy? If you say you don’t control her (or if you say women are not oppressed by society) why is her wanting a basic human right making you so angry?
Once you educate yourself about the way the world is working outside of your bubble, you’ll understand every slogan – every banner. “Mera Jism Meri Marzi” won’t sound “behooda” to you anymore.
Thank you Sophia, for summing up the march in your unique way. The song is so catchy that even the haters will find themselves humming it.