Men must take the lead in standing up against sexual harassment, says Hamza Ali Abbasi

Men must take the lead in standing up against sexual harassment, says Hamza Ali Abbasi

Actor holds men accountable for perpetuating a culture of silence and complicity that has helped normalise harassment.
11 May, 2024

In an era of #MeToo and at a time when conversations about speaking up about harassment are prevalent, actor Hamza Ali Abbasi has made a very important point — that men have a vital role in stopping harassment by speaking up about it.

In a recent interview to SAMAA TV, he emphasised the urgent need for men to take the lead in condemning and criminalising harassment in all its forms. He also took pride in belonging to a family that boasts accomplished women.

“I’m very proud of them and grateful. It’s a fact that when women in your family are independent and powerful, they can support you and become your strength. But it is unfortunate that even today, women have to face harassment in all professional fields, whether it’s the corporate [world] or the showbiz.”

The Pyarey Afzal and Alif actor added that the onus of fostering a safe and supportive environment for women lies on men because they’re the ones to blame for perpetuating a culture of silence and complicity.

Calling for greater solidarity from men and emphasising the importance of creating inclusive environments where women can thrive professionally, Abbasi said, “We [men] should play a leading role in this situation.

“We have to make sure that wherever we see harassment, we don’t accept it. We demonise it. We don’t encourage or normalise it. Because unfortunately, we, men, have normalised and celebrated such behaviour. We didn’t scrutinise it the way it should have been scrutinised. So we need to call out and criminalise such behaviour in our circles,” he added.

Abbasi commended women who have spoken up against harassment and encouraged dialogue around the issue. “It gives me great optimism that in today’s day and age, women are very forthcoming and are calling out harassment, whether it’s online or at the workplace. The times when women would face harassment and stay mum about it are thankfully behind us.”

The Legend of Maula Jatt star emphasised the need to encourage such behaviour among women. “The culture of speaking up also needs to be encouraged. Women should be able to make noise wherever they are if ever they face harassment of any kind. Without any fear or hesitation, women should be encouraged to raise hell. We need to eradicate the element of fear and shame among women.”

By speaking out against harassment, Abbasi sends a powerful message to men everywhere — it is incumbent upon us to stand up, speak out, and actively work towards creating a world where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.


Taj Ahmad May 11, 2024 05:46pm
I’m 100% agreed with Hamza Ali Abbas’s comments. All men must respect and care to their respective women as wives, sisters and mothers.
Ehsan May 11, 2024 06:55pm
Women will have to take a stand
Enlightened One May 12, 2024 05:51pm
Men must stop acting like animals and start behaving modestly. A woman is NOT a toy, an object of desire, or a piece of meat to salivate over.
Shakeel May 13, 2024 12:51pm
Asslam o alaikum, Hamza Ali bro you are very honest and gentlemen i like your acting i agree with you all time about above stories