Swedish women rally in support of anti-sexual abuse #MeToo campaign

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (OCTOBER 22, 2017) (TV4 SWEDEN) – Thousands gathered in the Swedish capital Stockholm on Sunday (October 22) to voice their support for victims of sexual abuse and the #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse.

The hashtag has caused a media storm in Sweden over the last week, with many using it to share their stories of harassment and demand change.

The Swedish Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regner, addressed a crowd in the city, calling on people to support gender equality and not belittle it.

The Swedish government has explicitly branded itself as feminist and recent events has strengthened their agenda.

The protest was one of around a dozen across the country that was brought together through social media.

The social media meme was sparked by “Charmed” actress Alyssa Milano, who asked her followers to reply “Me Too” if they had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted. It was a reaction to sexual abuse allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.