Women Are Joining Together To Defeat Workplace Harassment

03 January, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Constance French
  • The initiative comes after the #Metoo campaign which took social media by storm last year

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.

Hollywood's most celebrated women have launched an anti-harassment action plan in an attempt to fight the systemic sexual harassment in the industry, and support women in all workplaces who aren't privileged with the platform to speak out.

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 $13 million (Sh1.3 billion) of its $15 million (Sh1.5 billion) target. As of Monday afternoon, the fund, which will be used to represent women in sexual harassment cases, had raised almost $14 million toward a $15 million goal on its GoFundMe page.

Several females in the industry have donated to the legal defense fund, including the incomparable Taylor Swift, who faced her who sexual harassment trial back in August. The campaign with hashtag #timesup will also push for legislation to penalise companies that tolerate harassment and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims, according to the New York Times. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.

The group insisted that more women must be brought into positions of power and leadership, while every woman should have equal benefits, opportunities, pay and representation.

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Time's Up is backing the movement for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony.

The meetings reportedly began in October, shortly after Harvey Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault.

In announcing the campaign on Monday, the group alluded to the string of allegations of sexual assault, harassment and other offenses involving powerful men in the film, TV and media industries, while expressing solidarity with women in blue-collar jobs.

"If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege", Rhimes told the Times, "then who can?"

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