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“Time’s Up”, a fund launched in Hollywood to end sexual harassment

Written by FDM

More than 300 actresses or women screenwriters, directors and other film executives launched Monday, January 1, 2018 a project to help fight against sexual harassment , both in Hollywood and in other less glamorous industries.

The wave of protest against sexual harassment at work continues and takes another dimension, three months after the famous revelations about the American producer Harvey Weinstein and many other men of influence … There is now a fund raiser campaign dubbed “Time’s up” for women who do not have sufficient resources to pursue their abuser.

An open letter published on their website– which reads “The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated work places must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly” was signed by names like Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon among others rounding the number to 300 signatures.

This fund is intended “for all women working in agriculture who have had to repel unwanted sexual advances from their employer, to all housekeepers who have tried to escape an aggressive client, (…) to all undocumented immigrants who are silenced by the fear of being denounced, and to all women in all professional fields who are subject to indignity and aggressive behavior, whom they are forced to tolerate in order to continue to win their jobs. ” insist the signatories. So far, more than $ 13 million has already been raised out of the $ 15 million needed.

The open letter was also published on a full page in the New York Times and in the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion.