At last night’s Global Citizen Festival, Janet Jackson finally addressed the fallout from the event and used her own experience to call for better treatment of women.
“I know about bullying. I know about verbal abuse. I know about physical abuse. I know about abuse of authority,” she said. “I’m sick, I’m repulsed, I’m infuriated by the double standards that continue to treat women as second-class citizens.”
Jackson wasn’t alone. Throughout the night, the whole festival set a defiant, united tone for women, especially those who are survivors of assault.
At one moment, Dakota Johnson shared a phone number for women and girls to speak out about injustices they’ve faced.
"This is my phone number: (212) 653-8806. I want you to call me and I want you to tell me your story in a voicemail," Johnson said. "Or I want you to send me a message at email@example.com and I want you to tell me what you've gone through as a women or girl in the world that's been suffering."
In many ways, the festival could be seen as a call to action for women — which may have been expressed most clearly by Jackson.
“Enough injustice, bigotry, mistreatment, and mindless prejudice,” she said. “Equality is our demand. Action is our answer.”