Two in three women will experience sexual violence and harassment in their lifetime. Across the world, abusers have been put on notice
In September 2015, states from across the world committed to end all forms of violence against women by 2030. Two years later we were saddened and angered by wave after wave of accounts of sexual harassment emerging initially from Hollywood but then from athletes, hotel workers, parliaments and elsewhere. Using the power of solidarity, and backed by the support of diligent and respectful journalists, women helped the world wake up to the daily horrors of sexual harassment and assault.
Women live with the knowledge that hands can be shoved inside their clothing, they can be groped, grabbed by the genitals, targeted with sexual names or slurs, or raped. Women – as actual and potential targets of abuse – forego their freedom of movement and live with the ubiquitous fear of violence.