Hundreds of women, and some men, marched through downtown Oslo on Sunday in a demonstration to display their distress and disgust over sexual harassment, along with some hope for the future.
“‘MeToo’ (the international campaign against sexual harassment) is a global gift that must be used correctly,” Norwegian author and comedian Sigrid Bonde Tusvik told the crowd of demonstrators who marched from Youngstorget to the Parliament Sunday afternoon. “This is no witchhunt or public pillory, but a tidal wave of stories about harassment.”
Police estimated the crowd at as many as 1,500. The march was one of 124 held in 34 countries over the weekend. They were held after months of revelations of sexual harassment all over the world and in all professions, as women finally came forth with their own personal stories of abuse and even assault.
Others taking part in the march in Oslo included the city’s first female bishop, Kari Veiteberg, equality director and former Labour Party minister Hanne Bjurstrøm, whistleblowers about harassment and control in immigrant communities Nancy Herz and Sofia Srour, and actress Iselin Schumba.