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'Time' magazine names #MeToo movement as ‘person of the year’

'Time' magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault as the most influential 'person' in 2017.

A screengrab of Time magazine cover. Picture: time.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomised by the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential “person” in 2017, the publication announced on Wednesday.

Collectively, they’ve been named as “the silence breakers”.

It’s a recognition of the cultural reckoning this year and the #MeToo movement, which represents the people, mostly women, who have fuelled a worldwide discussion about sexual harassment and assault.

“This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women - and some men, too - who came forward to tell their own stories,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC’s Today programme.

US President Donald Trump was the runner-up for “person of the year”.

Chinese President Xi Jinping came in third.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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