IFES Congratulates Tarana Burke on Being Named a TIME Magazine “Person of the Year”

Publication Date: 
8 Dec 2017

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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) congratulates Tarana Burke, creator of the #MeToo movement, on being named one of TIME magazine’s “Silence Breakers,” and included as a 2017 Person of the Year. “The Silence Breakers” represent the thousands of people across the world who have come forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement in 2006 to help survivors of sexual violence, was recently featured in an IFES Capitol Hill panel on “Violence Against Women in the Workplace.” She has worked to empower women and girls for many years, and IFES was thrilled to hear of this much-deserved recognition. Burke and women around world are an inspiration as IFES continues its own global work to mitigate and prevent violence against women in elections, and empower women and girls to have a voice and a vote.

Watch a video of Burke’s remarks at IFES’ Hill event below, and read Senior Gender Specialist Dr. Gabrielle Bardall’s Washington Post article, “Women in political life say #MeToo. Here’s how harassment and violence limit their political lives worldwide.”