Propelled by the long overdue condemnation of Harvey Weinstein’s deplorable behaviour and the digital phenomenon of #MeToo, women across the globe have been emboldened to step forward to share their own personal stories of assault and inequality. Culminating with "The Silence Breakers" designated as Time Magazine's Person of the Year, 2017 is a watershed moment as women demand the right to have autonomy over their bodies.
In parallel, a resurgence in conservative politics worldwide has serious and pragmatic implications for women’s rights, even as we sense the groundswell of a global demand for gender equality. THNKer and activist Lina Abirafeh has been fighting for gender equality her entire life. When asked recently about the rights of women and girls to have autonomy over their bodies, Lina explains, “Women’s rights have always been the hardest rights to achieve, the first rights to be removed, and the most politicized. Of these, women’s rights to decide about their reproductive health are even tougher.”
As women mobilize, the SheDecides movement has become a platform for both women and men to come forward, declare what is unacceptable, and commit to change.