Fifteen years have passed since Tarana Burke first originated the #MeToo movement to end sexual abuse and harassment – a campaign that forever changed social discourse following the extensive allegations made against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017.

Using this critical juncture as a jumping off point, we’ve invited a panel of experts to inspect the movement’s efficiency in the fight against gendered sexual violence for various communities across the world. Who’s being included and who’s being left behind? What are the lasting implications for those who have spoken out? How has rape culture responded to the heightened awareness around sexual violence?

Each of these topics will be considered as we explore the #MeToo movement’s role in fighting sexual violence, ask if it’s actually working, and ponder what comes next.

About The Speakers

Tanya Serisier

Dr Tanya Serisier is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her work focuses on the cultural politics of sexuality and sexual violence. Her book Speaking Out: Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics (2018) offers a critical overview of ‘speaking out’ from early feminist speak-outs to #MeToo.

Catriona Morton

Catriona Morton is a British-Irish writer and creative. She has degrees in Philosophy and Sociology and has written for multiple publications about disability and survival. She is the host of the BBC Sounds podcast After: Surviving Sexual Assault and the founder of the survivor-centred blog/resource sharing website, Life Continues After.

Saima Mir

Saima Mir is an award-winning journalist. She started her career at the Telegraph & Argus and went on to work for the BBC. She is a recipient of the Commonwealth Broadcast Association’s World View Award, and has written for numerous publications including The Times and The Independent. Saima’s essay for the Picador book It’s Not About The Burqa appeared in Guardian Weekend and received over 250,000 hits over two days.

Tanya Vital

Tanya is a RADA graduate and alumnus of the National Youth Theatre; she has been working in the arts and culture sector for twenty years. She is also the producer of the digital arts platform – Vital Culture UK, championing under-represented northern creatives with regular live streamed shows. Since April 2020, she’s broadcast more than 40 live shows, featuring more than 80 local artists to audiences of thousands.

About The Chair

Sarah Shaffi

Sarah Shaffi is a freelance literary journalist and editor. Her work has appeared in publications including Stylist, Vogue Australia and The New Arab. She judged the Jhalak Prize 2019 and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020, and served as managing editor at Penguin.co.uk. She is editor-at-large at independent children’s publisher Little Tiger Group.