Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Some of Hollywood's most powerful women launch anti-harassment project

Some of Hollywood's most powerful women launch anti-harassment project

The initiative caps a year in which the Harvey Weinstein scandal touched off a deluge of allegations that brought down powerful men.

The initiative, dubbed Time's Up, caps a year in which the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal touched off a deluge of allegations that brought down powerful men in entertainment, politics and the media, prompting companies, government agencies and even the USA federal court system to re-examine harassment policies.

The initiative was formally unveiled in a story by The New York Times, and its mission was laid out in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in the show business.

"TIME'S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere".

On its website, the campaign says: "The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace".

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

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Time's Up is backing the movement for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony.

Producer Harvey Weinstein became synonymous with sexual harassment after the New York Times exposed his history of predatory behaviour against women in October past year.

It's a response to an open letter published in November by Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, a female farmworkers advocacy group representing around 700,000 women, that expressed solidarity with women in the entertainment industry.

Weinstein has denied some of the allegations, including Hayek's assertion that he pressured her to do a nude sex scene in one movie.

Witherspoon said that in the past women have been "siloed off from each other".

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