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Hollywood actors Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett announce Time’s Up, a program to fight sexual abuse

hollywood Updated: Jan 02, 2018 14:20 IST
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Emma Stone,Natalie Portman,Cate Blanchett

Demonstrators participate in the #MeToo Survivors's March in response to several high-profile sexual harassment scandals on November 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (AFP)

More than 300 actors, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.

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

This combination photo shows actresses listed in alphabetical order, top row from left, Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, Jessica Barth, Cara Delevingne, Romola Garai, Judith Godreche, Heather Graham, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lea Seydoux and Mira Sorvino, who have made allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. (AP)

The Hollywood project is described as a “unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere”, BBC reported on Monday.

It comes in the wake of sexual abuse allegations by high-profile actors against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

This image obtained December 6, 2017 courtesy of Time magazine, shows the 2017 Time Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers. (AFP)

In a “solidarity letter” published on its website, Time’s Up says the “struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard” must end, adding: “Time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.”

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”.

The campaign, which is backed by hundreds of actors including Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and Emma Stone, has already raised more than $13 million of its $15 million target.

The money raised will be used to fund legal support for both female and male victims of sexual harassment at work.

The project is aimed primarily at those who are unable to meet the payments to defend themselves, such as agricultural or factory workers, caretakers and waitresses.

It also calls for “gender inequality and the imbalance of power” to be addressed, stressing the need for more women to gain positions of authority and parity of pay.

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.

Last year also saw the rise of the #MeToo hashtag, which inspired a global movement of women and men to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment.

The term gained momentum after actor Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to ask victims of sexual assault to come forward in a show of solidarity.

This combination photo shows, from left, producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, actor-comedian Louis C.K., NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer and "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose. (AP)

Between October and December 2017, the hashtag was used on Twitter and Facebook more than six million times.

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First Published: Jan 02, 2018 14:19 IST