Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Hollywood Women on Offensive Against Sexual Abusers

Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Shonda Rhimes Launch Anti-Harassment Action Plan Time's Up: Women In Hollywood Launch Initiative to Tackle Sexual Harassment
Rosie Leonard | 03 January, 2018, 02:02

Time's Up also calls for more women in positions of power and leadership, as well as equal benefits, opportunities, pay and representation for women, and urges the media to turn the spotlight on abuses in "less glamorized and valorized trades".

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

Time's Up also wants to put forth legislation to penalize companies that turn a blind eye to harassment, as well as discourage nondisclosure agreements meant to keep victims quiet, according to the Times.

Hollywood icon Reese Witherspoon shared a post on the initiative on Instagram, along with the message: "I stand with ALL WOMEN across every industry to say#TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation".

Ms Witherspoon added: 'We have been siloed off from each other.

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, the crème de la crème of Hollywood A-list royalty, are among more than 300 women in the entertainment industry who signed a "letter of solidarity" to counter sexual harassment.

'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'.

As such the fund gives special focus to low-wage agriculture workers, housekeepers, janitors, factory workers and waitresses. The fund will be administrated by National Women's Law Center, a national women's rights legal organization.

Shonda Rhimes-a leading member of the effort and executive producer of several television series, including "Grey's Anatomy" and "How to Get Away With Murder"-says a key component of the effort was making sure that women in those more vulnerable situations and without the name recognition of famous actresses or directors were made central to the effort".

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

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