A movement using the #MeToo hashtag spread to draw attention to sexual assault. It came to the fore after a social media post by Alyssa Milano regarding allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
The #MeToo movement was started by Tarana Burke before allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein, but it was a post by Alyssa Milano calling for women to show they had also experienced sexual harassment or abuse by posting #MeToo. Millions of people have used the hashtag, including celebrities, politicians and athletes. This is an automatic compilation of DW content on the #MeToo movement.
On this week's show, we meet a woman in Japan who is speaking up against sexual violence in a male-dominated society, we learn about the history of the suffragette movement in Britain and an Indonesian woman talks about her fight to protect women's rights in conflict zones. Plus, we meet a model who won't let her handicap keep her from the catwalk — even if she's in a wheelchair.
Protests have broken out at universities across Chile, as female students and feminist movements are fighting against sexism within higher education. The unrest follows reports of sexual abuse by faculty members in Chile's Austral University and the University of Chile. Over 100,000 students have now joined the marches in a host of Chilean cities, including Santiago, the capital, to demand action.
Shiori Ito broke the silence about rape in Japan, but she also faced a huge backlash. Since Ito published a book accusing a leading political journalist with raping her, more women have started to speak out. Several high ranking officials have resigned over allegations of sexual violence. But it's hard to change a culture that values harmony over conflict, as reporter Michaela Vieser reports.
The #MeToo movement has caused shockwaves in the USA and Europe, but in many countries, the discussion about the taboo topic of sexual violence has met much more resistance. In Japan, one woman changed the debate when she wrote a book about being raped by a high-ranking journalist. And in Africa, female filmmakers are setting out to change things through film.
Judge Aaron Persky shocked the US when he sentenced a convicted rapist to a light jail term, citing concerns for his future. Now, nearly 60 percent of voters in his county have voted for his removal.
Over 75 women have accused the former Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct and rape, some allegations dating back decades. Now Harvey Weinstein has been arrested by New York police on rape and sex abuse charges.