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Has #MeToo transformed into a turning point for social change?

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By Katy Dartford
Has #MeToo transformed into a turning point for social change?

Since the hashtag MeToo went viral in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, Twitter reports that more than 1.7 million people have used the label.

Following the campaign’s success, women across France organized a national rally on Sunday to protest against sexual harassment.

In the UK claims about inappropriate behaviour by MP’s are being investigated.

So is this all part of a larger movement that will create social change and reduce the sexual abuse of women?

“We have reached a point of no return.” said Joanna Maycock, the Secretary-General of the European Women’s Lobby, the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union.

“It’s no longer possible to ignore the extent and the impact or sexual harassement on women. It’s no longer possible to minimise it, or treat it as a joke and marginalise it.”

“We really think this is a point of no return in the public consciousness. And also for women to realise they are not alone in experiencing the kind of harassement we’ve heard about.”

“But actually this is a political thing, this is a whole society problem that needs to be tackled from the highest levels of politics, to our media and culture, to every workplace around the continent.”