Hollywood stars announce campaign to fight sexual harassment

03 January, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Canada's top news story of 2017

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These women are taking on sexual harassment in workplaces.

Among the specific steps it announced, Time's Up has established a legal defence fund that, in just 12 days, has raised US$13.4 million (S$17.8 million) towards a US$15 million goal aimed at providing legal aid for women and men who were sexually harassed, assaulted or abused in the workplace.

The group of 300 women, which includes actresses America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon; lawyer Nina L. Shaw; producer Shonda Rhimes; and the lawyer Tina Tchen, launched the Time's Up initiative with an open letter which ran as a full page ad in the New York Times on Monday.

Shonda Rhimes-a leading member of the effort and executive producer of several television series, including "Grey's Anatomy" and "How to Get Away With Murder"-says a key component of the effort was making sure that women in those more vulnerable situations and without the name recognition of famous actresses or directors were made central to the effort".

"The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time's up on this impenetrable monopoly", said the letter. Ashley Judd also signed. As victims shared stories, more were encouraged to come forward.


The group are demanding legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements - such as those allegedly used by Weinstein - to cover up abuse. "This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around".

It has already overseen the creation of a commission, announced in December, that is tasked with creating a blueprint for ending sexual harassment in show business.

"We fervently urge the media covering disclosures by people in Holywood to spend equal time on the myriad of experiences of individuals working in less glamourized and valorized trades", a message posted on the group's website read.

The Hollywood project is described as a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere".

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