#MeToo has been used on social media across the world to demonstrate the prevalence of sexual assault and give voice to survivors. Since its first appearance on Twitter in October 2017, the hashtag has served to unify and empower millions as the "me too" movement seeks to foster healing for those beginning their journeys, empower leaders among survivors and advocates, and engage national conversation about necessary changes in power dynamics. As we continue discussing the impact of the movement, what can proponents of the hashtag do to ensure that #MeToo supports and connects with grassroots activism and survivor-led movements, that it extends its promise of a better, brighter, and more equitable future to all? How do we best ensure that "me too" continues to grow as a movement?
Please join us as we consider these questions and examine the role of philanthropy in a movement that – in the opinions of several experts – is proving to be a defining moment in our history. The program will begin with a screening of the documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor, a New York Times Critics' Pick, which details the efforts of the brave women who rallied for justice for survivors of sexual violence, and, thereby, initiated the Civil Rights Movement. Using this riveting history as inspiration, a panel featuring Tarana Burke will lead us in a discussion about the social change that could be achieved through the "me too" movement and how philanthropy can support and help shape such change.
- Changing narratives and instigating vital conversations around gender justice, sexual violence, and other social justice issues
- Creating policy that both responds to demands for gender justice and intentionally and explicitly integrates diversity, inclusion, and equity
- Advancing structural change and promoting radical community healing through sustained community and coalition building across issue areas and across social identities
- Tarana Burke, Senior Director, Girls for Gender Equity; Founder of Me Too Movement;Time Person of the Year 2017
- Nancy Buirski, Director, Producer, Writer The Rape of Recy Taylor
- Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Executive Director, The Pop Culture Collaborative
- Brook Kelly-Green, Program Officer, Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice, Ford Foundation
Ana L. Oliveira (Moderator), President and CEO, The New York Women's Foundation
All interested funders
9:45 - 10:00 AM Check-in
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Program
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