Beyond The Hashtag
On October 15, 2017, survivors across the world raised their voices, reigniting a global movement, and our world hasn’t been the same since. On the fourth anniversary of #MeToo going viral, me too. International reflected on the change that the hashtag spurred, and invited everyone to take the next steps in creating a world free from sexual violence. We invite you to continue celebrating with us in going #BeyondTheHashtag—take action to disrupt rape culture today.
What is #BeyondTheHashtag?
The anniversary of the hashtag was an opportunity to drive home the message that me too. International is an organization that centers survivors, reaffirms collective healing and action, and legitimizes the global conversation around sexual and gender-based violence as a threat to public safety everywhere.
#BeyondTheHashtag is more than a theme, but a call to action as we recognize that the work of the movement existed before and continues to exist beyond #MeToo.
From October 15 through October 22, we celebrated the movement’s past and present with events that cultivated joy and wellness into the path forward.
- Friday, October 15: Live with ‘me too.’
me too. International celebrated the 4th anniversary of #MeToo with the ‘me too.’ staff, discussing what this moment continues to mean for survivor justice and how we go #BeyondTheHashtag. Watch the recorded live now on Instagram @metoomvmt.
- Thursday, October 21: ‘me too.’ Global in Context
We announced our latest initiative in partnership with Global Fund for Women, while highlighting the work of global movement leaders. me too. International CEO, Dani Ayers, moderated this panel discussion about the nuances of building movement to interrupt sexual and gender based violence across borders. Find out more about the partnership here.
Tarana Burke, Founder, me too. International
Latanya Mapp Frett, President, Global Fund for Women
Thenmozhi Soundarajan, Executive Director, Equality Labs (Southeast Asia)
Carola Báez Pedrajo Aguilar, Co-Founder, Tu Historia Importa (Mexico)
- Friday, October 22: 4th Anniversary Day of Celebration
To close the 4th anniversary, we held a day of celebration with joy, art, yoga, and a dance party! The day featured a Morning Meditation, Afternoon Concert, and Evening Ceremony & Closing Party that grounded us in the legacy of survivor justice advocates and showcased artistry that advances the movement to end sexual violence.
Watch the recordings of our anniversary events below on YouTube and use the Celebration Guide.
Anniversary video credited to Director & Producer: Susan O’Brien @redberetproductions, Lead Animator & Editor: Meghann Kennedy, Animation: Zoë Soriano & Haley Hennier, Storyboarding: Jaclyn McKay, Supervising Sound Editor: Brittany Ellis.
Calls to Action
- Join the movement and become part of our community of disruptors.
- Amplify the 4th anniversary hashtag #BeyondTheHashtag using our social media guide. Be sure to tag us @metoomvmt, and use the hashtag #BeyondTheHashtag.
- If you own a Disrupt Rape Culture shirt, rock it in solidarity with survivors, post to your socials and let us know so we can shout you out!
Want to take action in moving #BeyondTheHashtag? Find resources here to continue learning about ways to disrupt sexual violence in your community.