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Webology Ep 2: Why we need to speak out on child sexual abuse

KARACHI: Celebrities such as Nadia Jamil, Farieha Altaf and Maheen Khan have recently spoken out on the sexual abuse they suffered as children. The revelations come in the wake of the heinous crimes committed against children in Kasur as well as the global campaigns surrounding #MeToo and #TimeIsUp. Whether one speaks about abuse then and…

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Mehwish Hayat joins Hollywood’s war on sexual misconduct

NEWS DESK: Pakistani star Mehwish Hayat expressed solidarity with her Hollywood counterparts by wearing black as part of the war on sexual misconduct and Time’s Up campaign. Time’s Up campaign was initiated in 2018 after the #MeToo campaign in 2017. As part of the campaign, women on the red carpet at the 75th Golden Globe Awards…

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US troops stage #MeTooMilitary protest outside Pentagon

WASHINGTON: A group of active and retired US troops gathered in freezing temperatures outside the Pentagon on Monday to bring attention to sexual assault and harassment in the military. The protest of about 30 people, most of them women and none in uniform, comes amid an ongoing wave of revelations about sexual misconduct in the…

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Hollywood stars declare war on sexual misconduct at Globes

NEWS DESK: Hollywood spoke with one voice at the Golden Globes on Sunday to declare war on the film industry’s culture of sexual harassment and abuse, as it kicked off its annual awards season on a rare serious note, reported AFP. Crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” was the big winner of the night…

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COMMENT: Why silence on #MeToo in Pakistan and India?

KARACHI: Visit any mainstream Western media website and you will find at least one story on sexual harassment on a daily basis. The same is not true of Pakistani or Indian mainstream media websites. Why is that so? Is harassment not happening in our countries? Or some other factor(s) are at play? Last year, we…

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Hollywood’s #MeToo hits Washington

Washington: From the White House to Congress to the Supreme Court, Washington has had its share of sexual scandals. But the #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct which began in Hollywood slammed into the US capital this week, triggering a dizzying slew of allegations, apologies and resignations. Democratic Senator Al Franken said he was sorry after…

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Anna Paquin on Ellen Page’s claims about Brett Ratner: “I was there.”

NEWS DESK: Anna Paquin has corroborated the allegations made by Ellen Page against film director and producer Brett Ratner, reported The Independent. Page accused Ratner of being “blatantly homophobic” toward her on the set of 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand by asking a woman ten years her senior to “f*** her” to “make her…

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Hundreds join Hollywood #MeToo march against sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES: Hundreds of people marched in the heart of Hollywood on Sunday to support victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by a social media campaign that has portrayed such abuse as a pervasive feature of American life, reported Reuters. The #MeToo march and rally followed a relentless series of accusations by men and…

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George HW Bush accused by second woman of sexual assault from his wheelchair

NEWS DESK: Former US President George HW Bush has been accused by a second woman of sexual assault from his wheelchair, reported The Independent. The 93-year-old was forced to apologise on Wednesday after Heather Lind, who starred in US drama Turn: Washington’s Spies, alleged he had touched her “from behind” during a 2014 photo opportunity….

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George H.W. Bush apologizes after actress accuses him of groping

LOS ANGELES: Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush apologized through a spokesman on Wednesday for what an actress described as a sexual assault but which Bush said was intended as a friendly pat and a joke to put her at ease during a picture-taking session, reported Reuters. Heather Lind, who starred in the AMC cable…

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It’s 2017 and this Bollywood actor thinks women are to be blamed for sexual harassment

NEWS DESK: Tisca Chopra, a Bollywood actor who worked with Aamir Khan in Taare Zameen Par, has some unfortunate views on the #MeToo campaign. Speaking to The Print, she said “women are just as much to blame, because they put themselves in those vulnerable positions”. Here’s her full statement. Cringe as you read it all……

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‘I thought I was going to die’ – US Olympic champion gymnast on doctor’s ‘systematic sexual abuse’

NEWS DESK: US gymnast McKayla Maroney, a part of the London 2012 winning squad, has claimed she suffered ‘systematic sexual abuse’ at the hands of disgraced former US team doctor Larry Nassar, reported RT. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, a campaign encouraging women to speak up to share their experiences of sexual harassment, Maroney decided to…

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Kangana Ranaut: I am prepared for all fights that come my way

NEWS DESK: National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut says she will continue to speak out on gender issues, reported Pinkvilla. #Metoo is a global campaign on social media, with women from different quarters and corners of the world sharing their tryst with sexual harassment. Kangana said in a statement: “It’s a deliberate stand that I have…

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Dear women, can we stop with all this #MeToo nonsense now

By Minerwa Tahir This is a work of satire KARACHI: According to the first international experts’ poll on how females fare in the rising number of cities with over 10 million people, Cairo, the capital of Egypt, fared worst globally, reported Thomson Reuters Foundation. Karachi secured the second rank in the most dangerous cities of the world….

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