#MeToo: Ayesha Omar opens up about sexual harassment with Rose McGowan

01:30 PM | 4 Aug, 2020
#MeToo: Ayesha Omar opens up about sexual harassment with Rose McGowan

The “Me Too” movement, focusing on the experiences of sexual violence survivors, has garnered massive response precisely because sexual harassment and sexual assault impacts people almost everyday. By sharing their own trauma, the movement’s advocates hope to highlight just how common sexual harassment is. 

In 2007, American activist Tarana Burke used the term “Me Too” to spread awareness and support the victims of sexual abuse. A decade later, actress Alyssa Milano magnified Tarana Burke’s initiative when the hashtag went viral as women came out to accuse powerful men of harassment and misconduct.

Countless women in Hollywood came forward with their own experiences, with many facing sexual harassment by the famous film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Although Weinstein’s accusers helped in launching the movement, and Milano's actions may have been a powerful catalyst, today the movement is still a source of solidarity for victims of sexual harassment.

Hollywood actor Rose McGowan, a prominent part in the Harvey Weinstein trial, has opened up about her struggle in a live Instagram conversation with our very own, actor Ayesha Omar.

McGowan shared how she gathered the courage to finally speak about her ordeal.

"I always had a voice, just no one was listening," she shared. "I was waiting for society to be ready. I needed Trump. Hilary Clinton protected Weinstein in a major way. I needed Trump to show people this is racism, sexism, and this is what ugliness really looks like."

As a survivor,fighting for herself alone, she also revealed how she dealt with the trauma all alone.

"I didn't have friends. No women's groups to help me, nothing."

McGowan also talked about how she always knew that the only person to be blamed is the harasser and not her.

"It was never my shame," Rose said.

Omar also added how Pakistani women,in such circumstances are scared of being humiliated for coming forward. "We are not allowed to be angry," said the actress.

Moments later, Omar also opened up about experiencing misconduct by an industry giant in her early days.

"A huge powerful man, twice my age. I had just entered the industry, I was this young 23-year-old, fresh out of college, and bam, this started happening. And it went on for years," she shared.

"It wasn't a one-off incident, and I just didn't want to process it. I put in a box, and I said okay, this is happening in my life, I have to deal with it. I didn't wanna share it with anybody. I let it stay there for 15 years, and I finally spoke about it to someone two years ago."

"A friend of mine from the industry also came out with her story, and TV channels started calling me up and asking 'Do you think she's telling the truth?'" the singer told Rose.

"And I said 'I would believe any victim'. They asked me if sexual harassment happens in the industry and that's the first time I said yes. They asked if it happened to you, and I said yes. I will talk about it someday, but not today. I still haven't named my monster but I've started talking about it," Omar revealed.

Sharing how her own activism too began years before the Weinstein case, Rose concluded, "I'm really about men and women to see each other as human, and not through gender." 

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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