The #MeToo and Time's Up movements have shifted the balance of power in arts and culture. At DW's Global Media Forum in Bonn, a panel of prominent women from four different continents discusses the seismic changes underway.
#MeToo: How has it changed the arts? Novelist and historian Urvashi Butalia is one of India’s most prominent women’s rights activists, and has been an outspoken critic of the country’s rape culture. She established India’s very first feminist publishing house, endeavoring to give a voice to those who often go unheard: low-caste women, transgender people and homosexuals. In 2017, the Goethe Institute awarded Urvashi Butalia its Goethe Medal for her activism. Butalia was in Bonn for this year's Global Media Forum.
There she took part in the debate "Muse, Maestra, #MeToo - How Female Is Culture Today?", organized by Arts.21. Along with Urvashi Butalia, the panel included American curator and film programmer Ellen Harrington, Lebanese writer and journalist Joumana Haddad, and French filmmaker and activist Rokhaya Diallo.
Four strong women; four strong positions! Part 2 of the discussion centers on whether the Islamic veil is a symbol of women's liberation or oppression.