This file photo taken on November 12, 2017 shows Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2017. AFP / Mark RALSTON
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Thanks to the vast reach of social media and the prevalence of sexual misconduct in virtually every society, the #MeToo movement has proved itself a genuinely global phenomenon.No other nation has experienced anything close to the developments in the United States, the movement's birthplace, where scores of prominent men – among them politicians, media stars and movie moguls – have lost jobs and reputations after facing sexual misconduct allegations.As the global women's movement prepares for International Women's Day Thursday, it's clear the record elsewhere is mixed.In many countries, the U.S. included, the movement has consisted primarily of well-educated professionals, largely leaving out working-class and poor women.In Iceland and Sweden, women in numerous professional sectors mounted social media campaigns to raise awareness about widespread sexual misconduct; the Swedish government has proposed tightening its rape law to stipulate that explicit consent is required before sexual contact.In South Africa, also plagued by a high rate of violence against women, feminists are frustrated by the almost total lack of repercussions for prominent men linked to sexual misconduct.
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