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Sexism and violence against women may be getting attention, but some say the watershed moment is still to come

Anita Hill's testimony before US Senators exposed a collection of politicians who just didn't seem to get it. And all these years later, many would argue lots of people still don't get it. The headlines, the online posts, the airwaves have been dominated by the conversation around the abuse of women in the last 2 weeks ... but is this a watershed moment?

A warning to our listeners, you might find some of this conversation disturbing.

Anita Hill's testimony before US Senators exposed a collection of politicians who just didn't seem to get it. And all these years later, many would argue lots of people still don't get it. The headlines, the online posts, the airwaves have been dominated by the conversation around the abuse of women in the last 2 weeks ... but is this a watershed moment?

CBC has launched an independent investigation into allegations former CBC host, Jian Ghomeshi sexually harassed a female CBC employee at work.Toronto Police are also investigating Mr. Ghomeshi after women filed complaints of assault and sexual assault. No charges have been laid and the allegations are unproved.

The news stories around those allegations have now fuelled a broad societal discussion about misogyny, sexual harassment and violence against women. Some see this as a good thing: A watershed moment, where national discussion and reflection will lead to a safer, more egalitarian society and healthier workplaces. But others aren't convinced.
 

Do you think this is a "watershed moment" for the treatment of women in society? Do you think it should be? Let us know.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath, Shannon Higgins and Marc Apollonio.

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