News Source: Geo News
Originally Published Date: October 017, 2017
It began first as a tweet, limited to 140 characters. But a few hours later, it became a movement that skyrocketed across international social media platforms.
On Sunday, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note, “Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
“If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
Till now, the single tweet, in itself, has received over 20,000 retweets and 42,000 likes. The two words #Metoo quickly became a viral hashtag, trending across several countries as women and men began sharing stories of sexual assault and harassment.
Even in Pakistan, the hashtag was a top Twitter trend all day Monday. Here are some of the stories by Pakistani women that detail the harassment they endured and highlight the problem:
#MeToo Being told by a reporter that he’ll only carry a story if I “got a drink with him at 11 pm.” I didn’t go. He didn’t run the story.
— Rimmel Mohydin (@Rimmel_Mohydin) October 16, 2017
in bazaars, taxis, rikshaws, sidewalks, at night and under bright daylight. where not?
specially in Pakistan
— ayesha (@fabubah) October 17, 2017
During early years of my career I was fired from work on disciplinary grounds for standing up to the CEO harassing a colleague. #MeToo
— Nudrrat Khawaja (@NudrratKhawaja) October 16, 2017
I was a kid and didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know who to talk to about it.
— Hina Tabassum (@KhatriHina) October 16, 2017
I daily gt harassment msgs in my inbox just because i’m Pashtun & tv actor which is the main reason those stereotyped people hate me #MeToo
— Sehar Shinwari (@SeharShinwari) October 16, 2017
a guy once asked me on facebook if i was pregnant as i was a fat kid and went on abusing my body. i didnt eat for days after that #MeToo
— ruby woo (@peechachordo) October 16, 2017
I remember 2 salesmen at a shop in Dubai who winked+sang @ me fearlessly for 20 min, kept following me & asked me to “come upstairs” with em
— Imaan Sheikh (@sheikhimaan) October 16, 2017
#MeToo and pretty much every woman I know.
— CeciN’estPasUneTweet (@monadarling) October 16, 2017
Author and journalist Bina Shah has a suggestion:
Instead of writing “me too” on your FB walls and twitter feeds, find your harasser and write “you too” on his.
— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) October 16, 2017