The #EnoughIsEnough campaign—made possible by a collaboration between the National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority, National Congress of Black Women, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Legal Momentum and UNITE HERE—will bring together a diverse pool of advocates and activists to develop effective strategies aimed at bringing about substantive change to prevent, address and remedy sexual harassment and violence in workplaces and schools.
“The old ways of dealing with sexual harassment and assault—secrecy, avoidance, denial and excuses—are crumbling in real time,” said Van Pelt. “New solutions are needed. We must be tough on perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault and tough on the causes as well. Men must no longer treat women as objects but with respect as equals.”
“Over the last few months, very brave women have brought attention to a toxic problem that has been rampant in our society for a very long time,” Toni Van Pelt, president of NOW, said in a statement, referring to a re-invigorated #MeToo movement that has broken the silence around sexual harassment from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. “The conversation about sexual harassment and assault needs to include both the stories of survivors and new ways to address and prevent hostile environments in workplaces and school in order to end the culture of abuse of women.”
The #EnoughIsEnough campaign will also shine a light on the communities of women workers who don’t make headlines when they experience sexual abuse on the job. Low-income women, who often lack the resources and financial means to fight back against harassment at work, will be a central focus of the coalition’s efforts. Nearly two-thirds of the 20 million low-wage workers are women, and more than a quarter experience sexual harassment on the job.
“Women employed in every industry and sector, including agriculture and other low-paid positions, have historically confronted wide-spread workplace sexual violence,” Mónica Ramírez, President of Alianza, said in a statement. “It is more important than ever before that we unite to find solutions to ensure that all women can work with dignity and without fear of violence against them.” Last month, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas released an open letter from women farmworkers to the women speaking out against harassment in Hollywood, declaring solidarity with their fight for justice and highlighting their own unique struggles with gender-based violence and discrimination.
Source/ rest: msmagazine.com