In October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo made headlines internationally, prompting women from around the world to publicly share their experiences of sexual assault or harassment.
The #MeToo Movement has been called a watershed moment in the advancement of gender equality, giving a powerful platform to women and demonstrating the extent of sexual assault and harassment across society.
In Canada, the Movement has had implications not only for survivors, but also for support service providers, educators, law enforcement, employers, and the government. As just one example, there has been a sizeable increase in demand on Canada’s sexual violence support services; calls to the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre increased 100% during the last year alone.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is encouraged that more women who have experienced sexual assault or harassment are coming forward, and that conversations around these issues are taking place across Canada. Yet, the Movement has also revealed how much change is needed.
Last Update: November 22, 2021