Mobilization against Sexual Harassment in the European Parliament: The MeTooEP campaign

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Abstract

The international #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment constitutes the most prominent contemporary campaign against sexual harassment worldwide. It exposed the issue by undermining the ‘culture of silence’ prevailing in several contexts, including political institutions. This article analyses one specific variant of #MeToo, the campaign MeTooEP that emerged in the European Parliament (EP). MeTooEP is unique in many ways: it was the first collective action against sexual harassment in parliaments emerging in the #MeToo aftermath and it was the first collective action within the EP led by members of the staff, which eventually drove some internal policy changes. Using a unique, large interview dataset, the analysis shows how the actors behind MeTooEP were crucial in shaping the campaign. Their knowledge of institutional rules, practices and daily presence in the EP facilitated their advocacy and transformed the Parliament into an enabling platform for their actions. With the help of Feminist Institutionalism, the analysis demonstrates how the formal and informal institutional EP bodies with their rules and regulations shaped MeTooEP in ways that constrained and empowered it.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Women's Studies
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Oct 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • #MeToo
  • European Parliament
  • feminist institutionalism
  • MeTooEP
  • Sexual harassment

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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