PSA: Powerful A-Listers Have Teamed Up to Launch #TimesUp

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Last year, accusations made against Harvey Weinstein sparked a match that revealed the injustice many women face on a daily basis, particularly in the workplace. The #MeToo movement also ushered in a global conversation for women, revealing that harassment is a grossly widespread issue. And now, another powerful initiative is at the starting line of this year, with 300 women announcing the launch of the Time’s Up movement. 

Earlier this week, it was announced via an open letter in The New York Times, that some of Hollywood’s most powerful women are uniting to form an organisation aimed at fighting the systemic sexual harassment in workplaces that happens around the globe. The quote below summarising the movement perfectly.

“We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible. We also want all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and support for the wrongdoing they have endured.”

The announcement also included the launch of a legal defence fund, which aims to help less-priviledged women fight sexual misconduct, and be supported.

At the Time’s Up GoFundMe page, organisers explain how the fund will work.

"The Fund will ultimately be housed at and administrated by the National Women’s Law Centre, an established, national women’s rights legal organisation. A network of lawyers and public relations professionals across the country will work with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to provide assistance to those ready to stand up."

With sizeable donations already being given by the Hollywood elite, according to PopSugar, the defence fund already boasts around 16.5 million dollars, with celebrities like Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rimes, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey being just a few to contribute.

For more information on this movement, head to the Time's Up website. And any donation is welcome at the GoFundMe page. 

For more information on your own rights, head to the Australian Human Rights Commission, or for 24-hour support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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