Following multiple sexual misconduct allegations levelled against film producer Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo hashtag went viral on 15 October 2017.
Quickly spreading beyond the entertainment industry, the movement has shed light on the scale of sexual assault and abuses of power suffered by women – and in some cases men – in all lines of work across the world.
A year on, this event considers whether the campaign, and its international variants, have transcended clicktivism and translated into substantive societal change. In what ways, if any, has #MeToo moved society closer to gender equality? Has the movement drawn attention to the exploitation of other power dynamics beyond gender? Have aspects of the movement been exclusionary, divisive and counter-productive to achieving its goals?
And as #MeToo evolves, how should it delineate its long-term objectives and what questions and challenges must it address to achieve these?
Shaista Aziz, Journalist and Co-Founder, Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy
Dr Daniel Guinness, Director, Good Lad Initiative
Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, Chair, JUSTICE
Professor Heidi Safia Mirza, Visiting Professor of Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmiths; Emeritus Professor in Equalities Studies, UCL Institute of Education
Chair: Dr Shereen El Feki, Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House