#MeToo: 2021 in focus
#MeToo garnered international attention in 2017 with high-profile allegations in Hollywood. In early 2021, Australia experienced its Autumn of discontent as a series of #MeToo matters came under the spotlight. Meanwhile, events in the UK involving a series of pop stars and prominent figures extended the issue, while Sarah Everard's death brought the need to address violence against women to a head. Demands for social and law reform have been swift and prominent in both countries this year.
But events in 2021 also highlight the need to address the issues within government and the legal profession. In Australia, there was the allegation that a serial rapist had operated within Parliament House and had been unwittingly sheltered by government members. A historical rape allegation was raised against the then-Attorney-General, who has since commenced defamation action against the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In the UK, Sarah Everard's death raised the issue of harassment and sexual violence at the hands of the police.
Amongst all of this, women organised marches, including a March4Justice and marched on Parliament House in Australia.
Our panel will discuss #MeToo movement now, and its implications for the future, in Australia, the UK and beyond.
The event is the result of a collaboration between the Intellectual Forum and Australian National University.
More about the panel:
Jenna Price is a regular columnist for both the Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times, and is a visiting fellow at the Australian National University. She is the editor of EduResearch Matters for the Australian Association for Research in Education and a cofounder of online feminist group Destroy The Joint and its major project Counting Dead Women Australia. She's been writing about violence against women since 1979.
Kieran Pender is an Australian writer, lawyer and academic. He is a senior lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, an honorary lecturer at the Australian National University College of Law and a consultant at Bradley Allen Love. Kieran formerly led the International Bar Association's work to address sexual harassment in the legal profession and is a member of the advisory board of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership. He is also a journalist, contributing to The Guardian.
Yasmin Poole is an award winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. She is Plan International’s National Ambassador and champions the importance of young women being heard in Australia’s political conversations. She has also been a commentator on prominent television programs such as Q+A, The Drum and The Project. She is the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity and YWCA, a national feminist organisation that has supported women and girls for 140 years. In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians. She was most recently named The Martin Luther King Jr Center’s 2021 Youth Influencer of the Year.
Sarah Steele is a researcher at the University of Cambridge and teaches on #MeToo and the Law at the Australian National University. Her research explores cross border issues at the interface of law and public health , and she has worked extensively on gender-based violence, including human trafficking. She facilitates on the Bystander Initiative at the University of Cambridge , and has spoken on the BBC, ABC and various international channels about issues that impact on women's health and wellbeing.