It’s time to talk about #MeToo campaign and how it affects Kenyans

Protesters attend a Me Too rally to denounce sexual harassment and assaults of women in Los Angeles, California on November 12, 2017. A two-year survey in Nottingham in the Midlands, the United Kingdom, found that harassment of females in public was endemic, with nine out of 10 women saying they had either experienced or witnessed harassment in public. PHOTO | RONEN TIVONY | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Combined with the difficulty of holding people to account, such a climate of fear and shame helps to explain why so few women speak out.

  • It is time to talk about what constitutes harassment and assault; about why these problems are so pervasive; how they can be addressed; and how people can be supported to deal with their experiences. 

On October 15, 2015, American actress Alyssa Milano tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet”. The #MeToo campaign that followed became the subject of conversation and analysis around the world, particularly in the United States; with the ‘Silence Breakers’ named as Time magazine’s person of the year.

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