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Sexual violence eradication bill: The canary in the coalmine

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 8, 2020   /  09:53 am
Sexual violence eradication bill: The canary in the coalmine Female voice: Women’s rights activists stage a protest in front of the House of Representatives compound in Jakarta, on Tuesday, to express their support for the sexual violence eradication bill, which has not been deliberated since 2016 while cases of sexual violence continue to mount. The activists will stage similar actions on coming Tuesdays. (JP/Donny Fernando)

You have most likely heard of the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse, but have you heard of the “Weinstein effect”? Like #MeToo, it’s a global trend of “exposing allegations of sexual misconduct by famous or powerful men”. It started in the United States after the allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017, described as a watershed moment that “precipitated a national reckoning against sexual harassment”. The list of celebrities and politicians – mainly men – who tumbled from their high positions as a result of allegations against them, or actual sex crimes they committed, was like a list of who’s who in their respective fields, and not just in the US. It shook up politics, the media, the entertainment industry, fashion and also educational and religious institutions. The Hollywood movie...

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