'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.
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.