Hollywood stars announce campaign to fight sexual harassment

Posted January 03, 2018

The initiative, which is called "Time's Op" was announced on Monday in a full-page advert in the "New York Times".

A group of more than 1,000 women in entertainment have detailed a comprehensive plan to combat sexual harassment across industries.

They launched "Time's Up", a campaign to eliminate harassment culture.

"We remain committed to holding our own workplaces accountable, pushing for swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone, and telling women's stories through our eyes and voices with the goal of shifting our society's perception and treatment of women", the letter states.

The creation of the legal fund, which has so far raised $13.4million of its $15million target, was prompted by a letter signed on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers saying they stood with the women of Hollywood against abuse.

Summary: Women in Hollywood have banded together to fight sexual harassment. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.

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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.

Judd and other high-profile women said that the Time's Up initiatives will include a legal defense fund to help women in farm jobs and blue-collar positions, drafting legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment, and push for gender parity in Hollywood companies such as studios and talent agencies.

In addition, it features a request that women "walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black".

Television producer Shonda Rhimes and actresses Natalie Portman and America Ferrera are among the supporters. Powered by women, TIME'S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.

Other members of Time's Up include actresses Ashley Judd, Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, and Kerry Washington.

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