International #MeToo Roundup

For those of us living in the United States, losing track of what is happening for women’s rights in other parts of the world is easy. Having a global perspective can be helpful for understanding challenges that women face at home. Here are some updates:

India

China

Nepal

The country of Nepal has a long way to go to create a culture in which sexual harassment is taken seriously. Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz report that sexual assault is up 60 percent over the past five years. Public anger is growing, but the government’s only response has been to ban pornography, a move described as “a diversionary tactic to hide the government’s incompetence in prosecuting rapists.” Police in Nepal have a long history of protecting rapists by destroying DNA evidence, refusing to arrest accused rapists, and treating victims with suspicion and hostility. The #MeToo movement in other countries has encouraged women in Nepal to report assaults.

#MeToo is putting pressure on governments and organizations everywhere to end sexual harassment and assault to create safer, more respectful cultures. Let’s keep telling our stories.

Anne Litwin, Ph.D. is an Organizational Development and Human Resources Consultant, Keynote Speaker, and Author of ‘New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together.’

Originally published at www.annelitwin.com on November 19, 2018.

Author of ‘New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together', OD Consultant, Keynote Speaker, and Workshop Trainer

Author of ‘New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together', OD Consultant, Keynote Speaker, and Workshop Trainer