Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

'Time's Up': Powerful Women Of Hollywood Launch Anti-Harassment Plan

'Time's Up': Powerful Women Of Hollywood Launch Anti-Harassment Plan

Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd and Meryl Streep are also among the group of females in the entertainment industry who are backing Time's Up, which was created in the wake of the sexual assault and harassment allegations which have emerged in recent months.

A group of powerful women in Hollywood have launched an action plan to fight systemic sexual harassment in their industry and across all workplaces worldwide.

A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women-like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels-protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.

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Yet another goal is for major Hollywood studios and talent agencies to reach gender parity - "time's up on this impenetrable monopoly", the letter reads.

Drafting of legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment and to discourage nondisclosure agreements in such cases.

"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.

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Along with helping victims, the campaign calls for more women in positions of leadership and power across industries.

The initiative also requested women actors to wear black at the red carpet of the upcoming Golden Globes Awards. "This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around".

"We have been siloed off from each other", Reese Witherspoon said. "We're finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn't feel seen, to be finally heard".

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Producer and legal defence fund donor Katie McGrath said that many women had realised from early on that they needed to establish what they wanted to achieve, "and what was going to be required in order to shift and pivot from this horror to structural change".

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