Slowly and surely, the awareness about breast cancer in Pakistan is increasing. A lot of women are coming forward with their stories to make people realize how common it is. Of course, there is stigma attached to the idea of discussing private parts. However, it is a disease which takes away life and must be talked about.
Sexually transmitted diseases and breast cancer are two of the most common diseases in women in Pakistan.
Last year, Pink Ribbon collaborated with the Government of Pakistan, and National History and Literary Heritage Division to celebrate “Pinktober”
Jinnah’s mausoleum was illuminated pink raise awareness about the cancer. It is one of the most places in Pakistan which people consider the most sacred.
In a continuation of the same effort, Minar-e-Pakistan was also illuminated, earlier
Minar-e-Pakistan also holds a lot of significance in the lives of Pakistanis.
The same effort was revived this year by illuminating two buildings of Pakistan, each carrying a lot of significance.
The Parliament House of Pakistan
And the Faisal Mosque
While many were appreciative, there were those who were a little too salty at this effort of raising awareness for a cancer that kills the maximum number of women in Pakistan
Better light Faisal Mosque with a blue tone on Prostate Cancer day.
Oh fuck, it already passed on September 27th.
— ? (@AswadBinAzraq) October 24, 2017
— Muhammad Waqas Awan (@Waqas6671) October 24, 2017
Using Mosques for such purpose is shameful.
— SherDill (@Shaheen_Shahpar) October 24, 2017
The idea behind the campaign was completely lost to them
Agar Cancer is tarah se khattam hota tu hum Masjidon ko Peely rangon se Ghussal bi de dety.
— Dr Zubair Storyani (@Dr_ZubiKhan) October 24, 2017
This one literally thought Breast Cancer is a campaign to “promote lady parts”
A mosque is not to be used for Lady parts campaigns. Its against dignity of Mosque. What a shame.
— shaheen (@shaheenmissile) October 24, 2017
Spare the mosques otherwise it won't be fruitfull.Find a drum, pour pink paint to the hilt & jump in it & run as campaign with prizes.Jog on
— Khanate (@Khanate18) October 24, 2017
Here’s the question all these salty people are making us ask
What I don't understand is why is talking about breast cancer still a taboo thing in our society. It's a disease.. just like any other.
— [A.] (@ATweets_) October 24, 2017
It is a great initiative on part of the government. If they take the initial steps of removing this stigma, it will have a trickle down effect on the public as well.
Cover image via: @ShirazHassan / Twitter