Hollywood Women Launch Campaign to Fight Sexual Harassment

By Elliot Bullman

The project will help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.

An initiative called Time's Up, is a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere".

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

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".

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The campaign, which is backed by hundreds of actresses including Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and Emma Stone, has already raised more than US$13m.

The money raised will be used to fund legal supportfor both female and male victims 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.

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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.

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