Metoo for who? Politics of othering, exclusion and invisibility

8 mar 2019 17:30 - 18:15

ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41, 111 83 Stockholm

Over one year ago, the world went into a roar of “#metoo”, when one Hollywood actor went out with the hashtag that exposed the sexual abuse she had endured at the hands of a Hollywood entertainment mogul. As much as her outcry sparked a global reaction with almost 5 million conversations on the topic worldwide within 24 hrs, it was not unique and neither was it the first time the “metoo” roar had been employed within efforts to seek audience regarding sexual abuse though space and time. Categorically, Metoo had existed from as far as 2006; however, it was not given the same attention! What can explain this global reaction and attention proceeding form Hollywood? What changed?

The women’s movement has been a place where women have organised themselves within spaces that give audience to their grievances which in reality focuses on challenging patriarchal structures in society. While this movement has benefitted some women to some extent in various aspects, there remains much to be done. In Sweden, it is visible through women’s representation in parliament, where women occupy 161 seats out of 349 representing ca: 46%. If we streamline the Swedish demography, these figures do not seem to be representative in relation to the demographical settings of the Swedish population. It is interesting how tendencies of underrepresentation and exclusion clearly highlight how the feminist movement reflects gaps and division.

Nyamusi M. Nyambok, Afrosvenskarnas Riksförbund