Adama Iwu created the We Said Enough platform for women to freely speak about sexual harassment (TIME )
Adama Iwu is one of the women who make up this year’s TIME Magazine‘s Person of the Year honorees.
Known as the silence breakers, she makes the cover along with Taylor Swift, Isabel Pascual, Ashley Judd, and Susan Fowler.
All these women have unique stories. For Iwu who is the head of government relations in the western states for Visa, she started the ‘We Said Enough‘ platform after a drunken man groped her at an office event.
The aftermath of the incident led Adama Iwu to rant to a friend via text message. The conversation expanded to other women with similar experiences. The thread of messages about sexual harassment led Iwu to write an open letter published in the Los Angeles Times to highlight the sexual predator culture in American politics in October.
“Why didn’t we speak up? Sometimes out of fear. Sometimes out of shame. Often these men hold our professional fates in their hands. They are bosses, gatekeepers, and contacts. Our relationships with them are crucial to our personal success” she wrote.
The letter was signed by 140 women who hold various positions in politics and state government.
The fallout of her letter made it possible for Adama Iwu to create ‘We Said Enough’, a platform for women to share similar experiences on sexual harassment. The site also lists legal services to help women who come out with their stories.
Adamu Iwu’s courage and dedication led her to the front of TIME Magazine.
This is what she told TIME “Young women told me about the same men who harassed me years ago. And I all I did was participate in the whisper network: ‘Here’s what you can wear,’ ‘Here’s where you can go,’ ‘Here’s who to avoid.’ But you have to address it head on and as a group. It’s hard to call 147 women liars. We can’t all be crazy. We can’t all be sluts“
Indeed, 2017 has been the year that women spoke up.