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Can Twitter really be an agent for change in India?

12 Dec 2018
   —  by Susana Garcia Mateos

In light of the revelations over the past year that have led to the now global #MeToo movement, India is the latest country generating powerful discussion – and is doing so at a significant pace.

The female-led activism that has surged recently in India owes a lot to social media. Twitter has become a platform where women can speak out to name the perpetrators and find comfort with survivors. In fact, over 100 men have faced various accusations of incidents in India on Twitter alone.

The #MeToo conversation so far has been focused mostly on men in high-profile roles, but it is also feeding into the discussion of bigger questions about gender equality and discrimination in India.

Alyssa Ayres, an India expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, says “People are also saying, ‘Well, we do have a problem in India, and the #MeToo conversation is only about the elite. Go to some of our villages or take a look at the kinds of inequities and harassment that women in other Indian-language media have to face”.

Indian women have a long way to go even with all this progress, but the country has become a great example of how social media can be used as an activism tool and give voice to fight battles that otherwise could have been impossible to start.

Will this renewed perspective of woman’s rights in India run through class boundaries and reach small communities – transforming itself into an unstoppable social movement for the country?

Susana Garcia Mateos