Women around the world are encouraged to speak out against sexual harassment, and the meeto campaign, launched in October 2017, has encouraged women around the world to share their past stories with the world. In Pakistan, from Meesha Shafi to filmmaker Jami, Ayesha Omar is the newcomer to the campaign. Bold and modern Pakistani model and actress Ayesha Omar has revealed that she too has been sexually harassed in the industry for 15 years.
Many people will not admit this fact but the reality is just as bitter and disgusting. Bold and confident Ayesha Omar has also been sexually harassed in the industry for a long time by a man twice her age.
She made the revelation during an Instagram live session with Hollywood actress Rose McGowan, in which the two shared this aspect of their lives with their fans. Ayesha Omar said that she was a 23-year-old college girl who came into the industry, and after that, a very powerful man who was twice her age, kept harassing her.
It wasn’t a one-time event. It went on for years. I couldn’t solve it. I locked it in a box and said, ‘Well, this is happening in my life and I have to fight it.’
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. In 2017, Rose McGowan decided to break the silence about Hollywood and one of the most powerful men in it, Harvey Weinstein. She decided to tell her story to the world. Did the world believe her? Not really. As is the case with most silence breakers. “Time” magazine, though recognised her as one of the Silence Breakers and their Person of the year, for speaking out about sexual harassment/assault. Soon after, several other actresses started sharing their stories of assault by the same monster. Her book “Brave” tells her story in her own voice. A singular voice that stands in a large arena full of women with similar stories of assault and rape. . In my eyes, Rose is one of the bravest women in the world today. I have watched several of her interviews and the way she articulates her feelings, emotions and thoughts is mesmerising. She hits the nail on the spot. Every single time. Rose is also an angry woman. A woman who allows herself to feel and feels no need to justify her emotions to anyone. Her fight is to allow all women in society to feel angry for what they have been through. For what they have been made to go through. Two years ago, I finally allowed myself to acknowledge and talk about my own sexual harassment story by a powerful monster, twice my age. When Rose agreed to go live with me, I felt I was dreaming. It was unreal. I thought non-stop about everything that I wanted to ask her, everything that I wanted to tell her about Pakistan. But she’s been asked everything and she’s answered everything…. that’s why I decided to chat with Rose about how she is doing right now, at this moment in her life, let the conversation flow freely…. and it did… it was real and honest, probably uncomfortable for some…. I did think of some solid questions to ask but never got around to them… they are all still floating in my head. We plan to go live again in a week, and this time go deeper into the various layers and constructs of societies all over the world. Would love for you all to join. Until next time folks! 🌹🧚♀️✨❤️ . . #ayeshaomar #rosemcgowan #metoo #feminism #feminist #womensupportingwomen #timesup #speakup #crazy #keepitreal #hereandnow
Ayesha Omar added that I did not want to share it with anyone. I have endured it for 15 years and finally, 2 years ago I talked about it. A friend of mine in the industry also suffered a similar situation like mine. Then they asked me, “what do you think this actress is telling the truth, is there really sexual harassment in the industry?” This was the first time I talked about it, I was asked if it happened to you. I said yes, I didn’t want to talk about it then. I’m doing it today. I haven’t named the culprit yet, but I’ve started talking about it.
Pakistani Govt gave a National Award to a Sexual Harasser, Iffat Omar
On the occasion of Independence Day, the President of Pakistan announced to give civil awards to 184 personalities who have rendered services to the country. On which actress Iffat Omar wrote on Twitter yesterday, without naming anyone, that in the 21st century it is only possible in Pakistan to give an award by the government to a person allegedly involved in sexual harassment.
Only in Pakistan an alleged Harraser gets an award backed by the Govt.Nowhere else in 21st cen. #PakistanZindabad
— Iffat Omar Official (@OmarIffat) August 16, 2020
She also used the hashtag “Long live Pakistan”. Iffat Omar did not specify in her tweet who she was talking about, but her tweet went viral on social media.
It should be noted that two years ago in 2018, singer Meesha Shafi had accused singer and actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, which led to a long legal battle between the two. Ali Zafar later claimed that Meesha Shafi could not prove her allegations, the court dismissed her case and thus Ali Zafar won the case.
According to social media users, the actress has said this about Ali Zafar. A large number of social media users came out in favor of Ali Zafar and criticized actress Iffat Omar for making allegations without any evidence. They are saying that if she has any evidence, she should present it in court.
@AliZafarsays …innocent until proven guilty…its with the courts. We cannot be the judge…..and if @itsmeeshashafi says 'i had forgiven and forgotten'..then how can you remember it again…after #MeToo movement starts…no one can act normally for 6 months with that person
— Fabulous with Fati (@Fatimazunni) August 17, 2020
Jab k vo case jhoota sabit ho chuka hy.. now there is no reason to post this..tohmat lgany sy bchain..
— Mariam Masood (@Mari_yummmmmm) August 17, 2020
میں نے سنا ہے علی ظفر کیس جیت گیا ہے اگر وہ جیت گیا یے تو اسکو ملوث ہونے کا کیسے کہا جا سکتا ہے؟؟؟
کیا ایک عورت کے کہنے پر ہی گناہگار مان لیا جائے؟؟؟
کیا عورت جھوٹ نہیں بول سکتی؟؟؟
— Ali Hasnain Warraich (@PK_AliWarraich) August 18, 2020
Where is Misha Shafi these days ? Pakistan or Canada ?
— AK (@AtiqKhalidCh) August 17, 2020
First he was alleged but not proved guilty .and When a item girl and "mujra karne wali " can get award then he is much better than her… Don't get shocked .
— Yasir hussain (@Yasirhussain_r) August 17, 2020
Turkish Actor Engin Altan aka Ertugrul has Arrived in Pakistan
Turkish actor Engin Altan, who played the lead role of an Islamic hero in the popular Turkish drama Ertugrul Ghazi that is based on Islamic conquests, has arrived in Pakistan today. During his stay in Pakistan, he will meet various political and social figures.
The visit of Engin Altan will further expand the cultural ties between Pakistan and Turkey, while in the future the two countries will have the opportunity to produce standard dramas and films with joint productions.
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Engin Altan #Aka #Erugrul all set to visit #Pakistan on #18thAugust to meet three critically ill #children ..who wanted to meet him . What a beautiful gesture towards Pakistan to strengthen #pakturk #friendship #💯 . @enginaltandzytn #celebspakistan . #enginaltandüzyatan #ertuğrul #ertugrulgazi #goodnews #pakistani
This visit of the Turkish actor is also very important in the sense that at the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan, this drama based on the history of the struggle of the Ottoman Caliphate was aired on Pakistan Television with Urdu dubbing.
The play became very popular among the Pakistani audience and has been watched by millions of viewers. After which it was ranked among the most popular series of the world.
Criticism against the Turkish drama ‘Ertugrul’ by some Pakistani Artists is Shameful, Zahid Ahmed
The series of statements in favor of or against the Turkish drama serial based on Islamic conquests is not new. Many Pakistani artists have made statements in favor of it, and in their view, similar Islamic and instructive stories should be worked on in Pakistan as well.
On the other hand, there are some actors who say that there should be a ban on broadcasting foreign content on state TV in Pakistan and according to such artists, their rights are being violated by introducing foreign actors and dramas. Zahid Ahmed, a well-known actor, replied to such artists and actors, and expressed his views during the Instagram live session.
He said that he feels sorry that Pakistan, despite being a Muslim country, is not making such content. He openly accepted the success and popularity of ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’ in Pakistan.
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Pakistani actor #ZahidAhmed believes religious content based on historic figures should be incorporated in Pakistani dramas, and mentions the success of Turkish drama Diriliş:Ertuğrul which is currently being aired on PTV as an example. He also says that some local celebrities behaved quite shamefully when it came to airing foreign content on national channels when instead they should have been more welcoming because their job opportunities aren't going anywhere. @zahid.ahmed.official – Video by @wajihuddin
The actor said that the argument made by some artists against the series was very embarrassing and useless. Artists have concerns about foreign content is being broadcast in Pakistan, which will cause problems for their jobs.
Zahid Ahmed said that if you are good at your job then you should not worry because your job will not go anywhere. We should be ashamed that we as a Muslim country are unable to produce such material.
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