The Me Too is a movement against sexual harassment and assault, especially at the workplace. It is an international movement which became viral in October 2017. It was a hashtag that was used on social media, to protest against the sexual harassment against women. The phrase was popularized by Alyssa Milano when she encouraged women to tweet about it and “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. The Me Too movement was chosen as the Time Person of the Year 2017.
The original purpose of “Me Too” as used by Tarana Burke in 2006, was to empower women through compassion, especially young and vulnerable women. In October 2017, Alyssa Milano encouraged using the phrase as a hashtag to help reveal the extent of problems with sexual harassment. After millions of people started using the phrase, and it spread to dozens of other languages, millions of people have started using this phrase and it became the global movement against sexual harassment.
The Me Too movement declares that the women who have been a victim of sexual harassment are not alone and they should not be ashamed as it is not their fault that they have been assaulted. It has created a great awareness amongst women around the globe. Now the women can talk and raise their voice against the harassment.
ME Too Movement and Justice
Sexual harassment is a crime that is there for ages. Women are the only victim of this but a majority of the victims are women. When a woman or girl is assaulted, most of the times the accused is from the family or someone who is known. On October 2017, Me To movement had started on the social media; it was spread like a fire. Women around the globe took to social media about their experience of sexual harassment. This movement has given the courage to women to speak about this crime and to take the culprit behind the bars.
People are now can openly talk about this. It’s not a shame for women anymore as it is not their crime that they have been assaulted. Social media also plays an important role in this regard. It has made easy for the people to raise their voice.
This movement has helped many women around in the world to get justice but let’s just take the example of Pakistan, where recently an incident was reported of sexual harassment, a popular female singer wrote on Twitter about the sexual harassment that she has faced by her fellow male singer. Soon it became the national news and people started talking about it and supporting the female singer. When this kind of event happens, it pressurizes the law to take action against the culprit as if the law of the country does not take action it can cause a great rage in the nation. Me Too movement have contributed a lot in providing the justice to the victims. It has created the awareness and courage to speak about these events which eventually results in the justice.