Sexual harassment and casual sexism that women face in day to day life in public spaces and at the workplace have plagued society for ages. But 2017 came as a year when women across the globe decided to take the issue head on as they shared horrifying accounts of when they faced sexual harassment on the internet.
#Metoo started with women revealing incidents of sexual assault in different spheres of society including the academia. The initiative triggered a storm when women started naming perpetrators leading to a heated debate and Hollywood felt the heat with several artists and media professionals accusing prominent names including the likes of Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault.
Now women in the industry have started another phenomenon in the new year with #TimesUp that aims to hit back at sexual harassment not just in the entertainment industry but across all sectors. As hundreds of actresses, directors and leaders in the industry came together to confront the problem existing from movie sets to boardrooms, women from different professional backgrounds took to Twitter to express their support.
Top actresses tweeted to register their participation in the fight against harassment faced by women at the workplace
Followed by prominent voices from other sectors including women from the world of politics among other sectors making a resolution to change things
Although there were some who did find reasons to criticise the initiative, such support for a movement to end sexual harassment at the workplace is definitely a big step forward in the right direction.