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Why prominent Gujarati women are supporting the #MeToo movement

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Tithy Mondal (MeraNews, Ahmedabad): Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it burned in one.

Thus could be summarized the legacy of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood movie mogul facing numerous allegations of rape, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

A 5 October story by The New York Times accusing the co-founder of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Co. of sexual misconduct over a period of three decades was followed by a flood of sexual assault and rape claims from many in the film industry.

Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano lit a fire when she posted a message on Twitter on Monday: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”

She followed this up with “A moment can create a movement. This is our movement. #MeToo”.

The #MeToo campaign has turned into a mass movement with millions of posts on Twitter and Facebook.

Prominent Amdavadis also weighed in on the issue.

“Something good is happening, where people are coming out not only for their own sake, but also for millions,” said Netri Trivedi, a film and theatre actress, who has used her social media presence to support those who have faced sexual harassment and assault.

Gujarati film actress Deeksha Joshi took to Facebook to show her solidarity with the #MeToo campaign, posting: “If all the people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give around a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” along with “Applies to all genders.”

Heena Somani, an image consultant and fashion blogger said, the issue is one that is very close to her heart. “I have witnessed that in such cases, mental healing is the most crucial and difficult part.”

“It’s a brave campaign and I believe in speaking out loud against abuse and about values that you stand for,” she said.

Somani has a message for victims of sexual abuse: “Stay strong and help others build a strong community.”

Falguni Vasavada-Oza, a professor at communications and marketing institute at MICA, said the #MeToo movement “can bring a lot of confidence to women to speak up against society’s judgemental attitude and not consider themselves the victims.”

“Instead of being traumatized and keeping things inside, they should speak out,” she said.

Lipi Goyal, an anchor, model and theatre artist, noticing that most of the incidents of abuse being shared took during childhood, has a message for parents: “Please try to be with your children and spend most of your time with them.”

Though she has not taken to social media regarding the #MeToo movement, Goyal said, “It’s quite surprising that some of my rigid friends have come out to share their stories with the hashtag to let others know what they have gone through.”

“To my surprise, I came to know that it’s not only girls, but also boys who are coming out with their stories of molestation,” she said.

  



      “Something good is happening, where people are coming out not only for their own sake, but also for millions.” —Netri Trivedi, film and theatre actress



 

 


       “I have witnessed that in such cases, mental healing is the most crucial and difficult part. It’s a brave campaign and I believe in speaking out loud against abuse and about values that you stand for." —Heena Somani, image consultant and fashion blogger




 







     “It can bring a lot of confidence to women to speak up against society’s judgemental attitude and not consider themselves the victims. Instead of being traumatized and keeping things inside, they should speak out." —Falguni Vasavada-Oza, professor, MICA



 






      “If all the people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give around a sense of the magnitude of the problem." Deeksha Joshi, film actress, on Facebook



 

 


   “I feel very sorry for these people (young victims of sexual abuse), at the same time I feel very proud as well that they have the energy and guts now to come out and talk about it." —Lipi Goyal, anchor, model and theatre artist



 

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