Here's Why TIME Magazine's “Person Of The Year” Is A Significant Choice For Pakistani Victims Of Harassment

By Sajeer Shaikh | 7 Dec, 2017

2017 will be the year that remains a testament to the immense power of social media and iron will.

It will go down in history as the year a movement was born out of a mere hashtag. The year will forever be remembered as the year when a suffocating wave of harassment and silence was broken, exposing lurking predators in its wake.


The #MeToo hashtag, as we all know, had quite the snowball effect.

It dragged numerous prominent names downhill as women and men came forward with their experiences of harassment.

Source: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The hashtag soon evolved into a movement.

People of all genders were soon coming forward with their stories. And each story held its weight. 2017 became the year when harassment was taken seriously – at least internationally.

Pakistanis, too, saw an opportunity to speak up due to the #MeToo campaign.

Harassment is an issue that’s all too common in Pakistan. Soon, people started coming forward with their experiences and stories.


And as they did, it was evident… 

…sexual abuse, sexual assault, and harassment do not see sex, gender, caste or creed. Predators are everywhere.

It can happen to anyone at any time.

It’s for this exact reason why TIME Magazine naming “The Silence Breakers” their Person of The Year is such a HUGE deal.

Source: TIME

One of the most prestigious magazines honoring those who facilitated the movement that caused countless victims to speak up is truly a great initiative.

It evokes a sense of cathartic pride in all those who have been a key force in pushing the #MeToo campaign forward. Moreover, it’s a ray of hope for all those who are yet to share their stories – especially back home in Pakistan.

TIME also shared a powerful video honoring The SIlence Breakers.

And a conversation with the creator of #MeToo was also shared.

One might wonder – how can a magazine cover ever instill hope and courage within the women who exist in a society such as ours?

The crux of the power in its entirety lies within the #MeToo campaign. The campaign has brought countless predators to their knees. Moreover, the power of the campaign was such that it spread to a country like ours, giving men and women the encouragement they needed to speak up. For our society, that’s a first. And a brilliant one at that.


To have that campaign acknowledged and honored only further highlights how no word, no sentence and no action is, or ever will be, too small. Change must begin somewhere. 


While people coming forward with stories that have some form of a definite consequence may not necessarily be in Pakistan’s immediate future, such a campaign and its solidification as a beckoning force truly serve as a ray of hope.

Koi qadam chota nahi hai. Bas qadam barha ke dekhiye. 


Cover image: TIME

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