Masaawi Haqooq

Lala Rukh Pakistani

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During a time of severe Islamization under the military dictatorship of General Zia Ul Haq in 1980s Pakistan, which fostered an increasingly oppressive environment for women, Lala Rukh involved herself with the women’s movement, co-founding the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) and commencing a life-long commitment to political activism. Rukh was proactively involved in the Forum’s activities when local printers controlled by the government in Lahore refused to print their protest materials and newsletters. Rukh began screen printing, designing and producing many of the WAF’s provocative posters that called for the equal rights and freedom of women. Masaawi Haqooq hails from this group of posters. The image on the poster depicts a woman in a burqa who is shackled speaking directly to the position of women and repressive laws they were subjected to under Haq’s government.

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