How much has #MeToo achieved for safer arts workplaces?

Five years on from when people rallied over issues of sexual misconduct at work – how much has change in the arts?
a woman's hands holding a sign saying #MeToo in bold letters

What began as a blitz on the predatory behaviour of certain powerful Hollywood men, the #MeToo movement put global attention on power imbalances and issues of sexual harassment at work.

It saw some companies and employers snap into action, implementing new reporting systems and support around workplace sexual harm.

Australian arts companies also stepped up, embedding safer processes in their on-set routines, especially in screen and live performance where #MeToo highlighted some areas of bad practise.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).