The global #MeToo movement has sparked significant social, cultural, and legal change, but on the eve of the second anniversary of the #metoo hashtag going viral on social media, many challenges remain.
Activists from Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Gambia, Kenya, Lebanon, and the United States discuss the successes of the #MeToo movement and the need for further action, to prevent sexual harassment and violence and ensure accountability for abuse.
The activists featured in the video include:
• Chidi King, Equality Director of the International Trade Union Confederation based in Belgium, helped negotiate the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention;
• Ghida Anani, director of ABAAD--Resource Center for Gender Equality, has been leading efforts to change Lebanon’s penal code on sexual violence;
• Rosebell Kagumire, editor of AfricanFeminism.com, has been outspoken on the rights of women and girls in Uganda and across Africa;
• Roushanda Williams, Local 1 shop steward for UNITE HERE, successfully pushed for a law protecting hotel workers from sexual harassment in the US state of Illinois; and
• Toufah Jallow spoke out against Gambia’s ex-dictator, and by sharing her personal story, sparked a national #MeToo movement.