Me Too movement (or #MeToo movement), with a large variety of local and international alternative names, is a movement against sexual harassment. The movement began to spread virally in October 2017.
An American social activist and community organizer began this movement with using the hashtag "Me Too" as early as 2006, and the phrase was later popularized by American actress Alyssa Milano, on Twitter in 2017. A number of high-profile posts and responses from American celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence and among others, soon followed and Women in other countries have broken their silence about sexual misconduct, too, in recent years.
After Hollywood, this hashtag #Metoo came into Bollywood in October 2018 in the entertainment, when actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment and after Tanushree Dutta, so many actor and actresses finally spoke about #Metoo. Kangana, Radhika, Konkona, others raise voice against sexual harassment.
In Pakistan on April Singer Meesha Shafi has come forward sharing her story of sexual harassment at the hands of Pakistan’s famous singer, Ali Zafar, many others have broken their silence as well and admitting that they, too, have felt harassed by the Ali Zafar.
The singer Meesha Shafi shared on Twitter that she was harassed by Zafar at his studio, another member of the fraternity. A complaint was filed under the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 which was dismissed on ‘technical grounds’. Students boycotted the singer’s movie and protested outside the cinemas upon release. More women came out in support.
As a result, there are ongoing proceedings in court with Zafar and Shafi still performing, with no clear outcome visible. Meesha Shafi's lawyer has challenged Zafar's claim that Meesha's case has been "dismissed".
Singer Ali Zafar previously took to media to share that his family has had a difficult time following Shafi’s allegations against him. Meesha Shafi retaliated that it wasn’t just him who has been through a rough year but she faced severe backlash too.
A large number of women speaking up about their harassment stories, it seems that the #MeToo movement has initiated in Pakistan and women across Pakistan are now calling for change.
when we talked to people in Pakistan about this issue they said" I think its really important that each party has their right to explain their side of the story and they should express in front of the public after that public has to decide who is wrong and who is right"
Another man said" since I won't be judgemental maybe Meesha molested by Ali Zafar but when I saw Ali Zafar I still have views about these things. I have mixed views about this thing and I think lets the jury decide who is wrong"
People have mixed thoughts or opinions about #Metoo.
Documentary Filmmaker Sidra shared her harassment incident" it just happened with me. I was having my time on the beach and a guy was continuously staring me. He followed me and ask me for a date. I was so uncomfortable at that time and I called my friend for help. For me, the Me Too movement is not about gender. It’s about the victory of right over wrong. ".