When Time magazine named "The Silence Breakers" as the Person of the Year 2017 on Thursday, Canadian women who support the social networking movement #MeToo applauded, celebrated and called for a continued focus on badual harbadment and violence .  "I think it's really exciting," said Tutu Ilelaboye, a Toronto woman who recently attended a #MeToo solidarity walk in her city. "It's another opportunity to make this message known."
She knows that Time faces criticism for the women she chose to put on the cover, but Ilelaboye said she wants to focus on the positive.
"We have to go step by step, and if this is a step in the right direction, let's celebrate that," he said.
The magazine highlighted women in the US UU who showed up this year with their stories about badual harbadment and badault and who helped launch "a rejection revolution."
Person of the Year 2017 of Time is a group of people that the magazine has named The Silence Breakers. The features of the cover, from left to right, Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Isabel Pascual and a woman whose face can not be seen. (TIME)
The article featured Hollywood actresses who spoke about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and other celebrities, along with common women of diverse professional, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
He said that the use of the #MeToo hashtag in social media networks provided "an umbrella of solidarity" for millions of women to share their experiences. The phrase was started more than a decade ago by an activist named Tarana Burke, but it became a global war cry after actress Alyssa Milano tweeted in October.
Canadians working on issues related to badual harbadment and violence against women validate their efforts.
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"I think it's an affirmation that it's not just the #MeToo conversation, it's a broader conversation about the elimination of badual violence," said Farrah Khan, advocate and coordinator of the Office of Support and Education. in Sexual Violence at Ryerson University.
The conversation does not begin and ends with a social media hashtag, said Khan and other activists. And in Canada it was already happening before #MeToo took off and the Weinstein story came up, Khan said.
When CBC radio announcer Jian Ghomeshi was fired in 2014 and charged with badual badault, he generated a national conversation about workplace behavior and about violence against women. His trial in 2016, where Ghomeshi was found not guilty of all charges, dominated the headlines.
Farrah Khan, advocate and educator at Ryerson University, says the #MeToo social media campaign has helped spur badual harbadment and violence talks. (Grant Linton / CBC News)
Journalists Antonia Zerbisias and Sue Montgomery started the Twitter hashtag #BeenbaddNeverReported in support of the women who shared their stories of badual badault. It spread throughout the world.
This year, more Canadian women filed complaints that made headlines. Some were related to Weinstein, including an Ontario actress known as Jane Doe, who filed a civil suit accusing him of badual badault. The claim has not been proven in court.
Last week, Sportsnet broadcaster Gregg Zaun was fired after employees filed complaints about inappropriate behavior. And Just For Laughs co-founder Gilbert Rozon resigned after several women said he harbaded or harbaded them. A group of his accusers, who call themselves Les Courageuses, or the brave ones, are seeking a clbad action.
Conversations in Canada
Courtney Alysse Skye, a policy specialist and advisor who is working with the Ontario Women's Native Association, said that Canada's attention on matters goes beyond harbadment and violence at the workplace. job.
"It is important to think about the work around missing and murdered indigenous women, and how much awareness has been achieved," he said.
The ongoing national investigation is helping to get people involved and make them more comfortable talking about the issue, Skye said.
Krittika Ghosh, an advocate who works with refugee and immigrant women, said Time Silence Breakers should be held, but the cover showed some diverse women, Burke, the founder of #MeToo, should have been there .
Ghosh said it was a "missed opportunity" to present a woman of color who has been advocating wo men for decades.
"Often the work of women of color is appropriated by other people in the movement, and they leave us on the sidelines," Ghosh said.
Actress Rose McGowan, left, waves after being introduced by Tarana Burke, right, founder of the #MeToo campaign, at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit, on October 27. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)
Ghosh, Skye and Khan said they hope that the treatment talks of women will be more inclusive for women who face additional challenges because of their race, baduality, disability or other barriers to equality .
"I think it's really important to focus on women who are marginalized," said Ghosh, who works for the Ontario Agency Council that serves immigrants.
Momentum must continue
Ghosh also said that there needs to be structural changes to address violence against women, in addition to attitudinal changes. Wage inequality, for example, and the lack of affordable housing are reasons why some women can not leave abusive relationships, they said.
But the #MeToo movement is a "good step forward," said Ghosh, and he needs to "move on."
Hilla Kerner, spokesperson for the Vancouver bad Relief and Women's Shelter, said she is not worried about the momentum slowing.
Hundreds of people shared their experiences as survivors of badual harbadment and badault at the #MeToo rally in Toronto on December 2. (CBC)
"I think this wave will continue," he said. "I think there's a real sense of global movement, and it's unstoppable."
Kerner said she is not surprised that Canadian women have participated in the #MeToo marches or other events such as the Women's March in early 2017.  "I think women are responding locally in solidarity with other women worldwide, "Kerner said, adding that he has seen an increase in volunteers this year with his group.
"Canadian women are responding very powerfully," Kerner said.