I’m Monique, a social activist who actively participates in rallies and movements against the important issues in my city. Today, I’m going to talk about a major global issue: sexual harassment.
By now, you must have heard about #MeToo movement as it has been trending since last 2 years on social media. Even though it started long back but it went viral in October 2017 and spread like a wildfire on every major social media platform.
It was started as a means to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual harassment and assault, especially in the workplace. It has received the backing of several high-profile stars including the known activists and Hollywood stars who have opened up about their personal experiences in the workplace.
- Who started the Me Too movement?
It was started by Tarana Burke, an American social activist who raised sexual-abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
- When was this movement started?
Even though #MeToo caught fire in October 2017, it was initially started by Tarana Burke in 2006, who began using this phrase often.
- Who are some of the high-profile stars who have openly supported this movement?
In 2017, #MeToo was popularized on Twitter by Alyssa Milano who encouraged the victims of sexual harassment to tweet about the incidents they have faced. Other high-profile celebrities who have responded openly are Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Ashley Judd, and more.
- Has #MeToo been successful?
#MeToo has been more successful than other movements of similar type partly because it used social media to gain attention. Even high-profile culprits are caught and publicly scrutinized.
- What does the future hold for such movements?
#MeToo is proof that no matter what your standing be in the society be if you are an offender, you will be caught and punished. This movement is being seen as a stepping stone for a better tomorrow where no one is immune from issues like sexually harassing someone and getting away with it.