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Time's Up: Women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

Sun Online Desk     2nd January, 2018 08:48:10 printer

Time's Up: Women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is just one of the many women supporting the campaign

 

More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.

 

The initiative, which is called Time's Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times.

 

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

 

It comes in the wake of sexual abuse allegations by high-profile actresses against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

 

The campaign, which is backed by hundreds of actresses including Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and Emma Stone, has already raised more than $13m (£9.6m) of its $15m target.

 

The money raised will be used to fund legal support for both female and male victims of sexual harassment at work.

 

The project is aimed primarily at those who are unable to meet the payments to defend themselves, such as agricultural or factory workers, caretakers and waitresses.

 

It also calls for "gender inequality and the imbalance of power" to be addressed, stressing the need for more women to gain positions of authority and parity of pay.

 

In December, Time magazine named "the Silence Breakers" - women and men who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment - as its "Person of the Year" for 2017, reports BBC.


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