Friday, 20 April, 2018

Hollywood stars back #TimesUp war on harassment as donations roll in

Harvey Weinstein Harvey Weinstein
Ginger Lopez | 03 January, 2018, 02:03

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.

2017 WAS A watershed year for Hollywood, as decades worth of sexual harassment and abuses of power came to light.

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.

It has already begun raising money for a legal defence fund to help file sexual harassment cases.

"Like you, there are few positions available to us and reporting any kind of harm or injustice committed against us doesn't seem like a viable option".

One of Time's Up major aspects is a legal defense fund for which the organization is now soliciting donations via a GoFundMe. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.




And it calls on women to wear black at Sunday's Golden Globes as a statement against gender and racial inequality, as well as raise awareness about the group's efforts.

"We just reached this conclusion in our heads that, damn it, everything is possible", Rhimes told the Times.

The initiative, dubbed "Time's Up", is fronted by such prominent industry figures as Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of the television series "Grey's Anatomy" and other hit television shows; Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures; and actresses America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman and Reese Witherspoon. "If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege, then who can?".

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

The letter, which is aimed at "every woman... who has had to fend off sexual advances", goes on to say that such harassment can often continue because "perpetrators and employers never face any consequences".

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