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Hold Them Accountable

A new feminist movement is challenging the culture of sexism and sexual harassment in schools.

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In an era where people’s rights are being systematically rubbed out, more and more people are turning to activism to make their voices heard. Hold Them Accountable is an activist group set up this year to raise awareness about sexism and sexual harassment in schools. We chatted to them to find out more about their work.

What prompted you to form Hold Them Accountable?

As young women going though the education system we have experienced more sexism and sexual harassment than people realise. After having discussions amongst ourselves about our experiences and how little they get taken seriously, we decided to form a group to tackle issues that we feel strongly on.

What are HTA's aims?

HTA is a group of young people who see the issues with our society and want to do everything we can to make a difference. It's very important to us that we take a stance now, as women all around the world are coming out about their experiences. We felt it was the perfect time to hold people accountable.

What does being a feminist mean to you?

Feminism for us is driving to create equity and equality for all, coming together to empower each other in a safe space where we feel comfortable discussing issues.

What action has HTA taken so far?

We’ve held multiple protest events to discuss and raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment, and we are keeping the conversation going amongst our peers, even when it feels difficult to do so. We have also done several interviews including one with BBC Radio Sheffield, and are looking to do more in the future.

What are your hopes for the future of HTA?

We are looking to take this internationally and to hopefully hold more protests in the future to create a safer and more aware society for all.

How can people get involved?

People can get involved by spreading the message about everyday sexism and following our Instagram account @hold_them_accountable_ for new information on what you as an individual can do to participate.

by Felicity Jackson (she/her)
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