Mehwish Hayat calls for action against gender-based violence!
The statement from the popular actress comes in the wake of an increasing number of sexual assaults and killings of women and children.
Taking it to social media, Punjab Nahi Jaongi star shared her message on her Instagram stories.
“Time for hashtags and slogans is over,” Mehwish wrote.
“We demand to know what the government is going to do to change the system. Sexual and gender violence and other forms of discrimination in a society cannot be eliminated without changing society itself!” she added.
“Time for women to define our own narrative”, she said adding, “We will not be bullied into silence. We will accept no one’s definition of our lives, but our own. But men also have an important role to play in sending out the message that real men do not hurt or abuse their partners.”
Highlighting the fact that there are laws concerning gender-based violence, Mehwish stressed that there is a need to rigorously enforce them in a way that makes them “less traumatic for the victim”.
“Everyone has the basic human right to live in safety, free from violence and abuse,” she added.
The Tamgha–e–Imtiaz recipient went on to say, “No one should live in fear. It is simply not acceptable and cannot be ignored anymore. Apathy is not an option. Action has to be taken now! Before another victim becomes a hashtag.”