Gender Studies Institute Gender Café, “#beyondmetoo; what’s next?”
The Gender Café will be led by Dr. Janelle Kwee, Associate Professor and Program Director, M.A. Counselling Psychology at TWU, and Danielle Palmer, graduate student in Counselling Psychology at TWU.
In 2006, Tarana Burke, an African American civil rights activist, was the first woman to use the term “Me Too” to expose the brutal reality of sexual harassment and assault in many areas of society, including the workplace. Eleven years later, actress Alyssa Milano used #metoo on Twitter to invite women to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault to reveal the “magnitude of the problem.” A flood of accounts from both women and men who had survived sexual harassment and assault (often in silence) were unleashed online, bringing perpetrators into the light and, in some cases, leading to firings and/ or arrest. In this Gender Café, we want to discuss the
#metoo movement in a Christian context and to ask, what should come next? Is it enough simply to share our stories or is a more intentional approach and plan needed to bring about healing and change?
Free and open to the public.