The two women accuse Franco and two other men associated with his production company and bogus film school of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, fraud and other wrongdoing.
Protesters are demanding urgent reforms to Japan’s outdated rape laws as rape complaints are met with impunity, while sexual harassment and groping are rife.
Many activists say Japan's criminal code is outdated, underscoring gender inequality in the country, despite relatively high rates of female education and workplace participation.
"Private is Political –– Vagina Monologues 4.0," a Nepali rendition, gives life to real stories about harassment in the South Asian nation, in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
A former employee who accused the Chief Justice of India of sexual harassment has been left feeling dejected and scared after her allegations were summarily dismissed.
Republican Arizona Senator McSally, who is the first female air force fighter pilot in the US military, made the disclosure at a Senate hearing on the military's efforts to prevent sexual assaults and improve the response when they occur.
Weinstein is accused of forcibly performing oral sex on a woman in July 2006 and raping another woman in March 2013. He faces five charges, including rape, and a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Hundreds of Google employees walked out of their job to protest the company's treatment of women. Employees are asking for changes on how the company deals with sexual harassment allegations.
Google's response came after a New York Times report said the search engine giant protected three senior executives from allegations of sexual misconduct by offering them payouts.
Many rich Westerners are targeting Nepal to exploit and sexually abuse children owing to weak government oversight.
Prosecutors said the surprise raids took place at the dioceses of Valparaiso, Chillan, Osorno and Concepcion. Images published by local media showed authorities walking out from the buildings after seizing documents.
Pope Francis has appealed to Catholics around the world to help root out the scourge of child sexual abuse. In an unprecedented letter, he said "we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude ... of the damage done to so many lives."
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