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Popular Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat expressed her solidarity with the sexual harassment campaign ‘Times Up’ that dominated the recent Hollywood’s Golden Globe Awards.
Through her Twitter account, Mehwish Hayat gave a strong message to all Pakistani women about ‘women empowerment’. In her passionate tweet, she asked the women to identify their self-worth and fight every impression of unfair treatment towards them.
Today, I wear black in solidarity with my industry colleagues in US and push this message to the women of my own homeland,Pakistan. We are no less than men by virtue of our gender. Harassment of any form is totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it #WhyIWearBlack #timeisup pic.twitter.com/jJL2SmnfhB
— MehwishHayat (@MehwishHayat) January 8, 2018
In the caption, Hayat wrote: “Today I am wearing black ‘in solidarity with my industry colleagues in the US and push this message to the women of my own homeland, Pakistan. We are no less than men by any virtue of our gender. Harassment of any form is totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it #WhyIWearBlack #timeisup.”
She continued this message from the Golden Globe Awards. The main focus of the event night was on the current atmosphere in Hollywood and campaigns like ‘#MeToo’ and ‘Time’s Up’.
The campaigns are focused on bringing about change for women not only in the entertainment industry but also around the world.
It was the first major Hollywood awards ceremony in the wake of horrific sexual harassments cases that hit the industry. All the actors wore black to honour the victims.
Oprah Winfrey too delivered a profound speech while accepting an honorary award. She said, “a new day is on the horizon” to the outcome of the recent struggles initiated by Hollywood female celebrities.
Unfortunately, just two days after her tweet a heart-wrenching case of the sexual assault of a minor in Kasur, Pakistan emerged. A 7-year old girl was brutally raped and murdered after being kidnapped.
In Pakistan, extensive efforts are required initially to make women realize the problem of rape and harassment.
Tangible structural changes are required to make the workplace and society safer for women.