More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help combat sexual harassment in the movie industry and other work places.
The initiative, which is called the Time, was announced through a full page of print advertising in the New York Times.
The Hollywood project is described as a “unified call for change from the women in the world of entertainment for all the women of the world”.
This comes in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by high-profile actresses against the film producer Harvey Weinstein.Legal Funding
The campaign, which is backed by hundreds of actresses, including Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and Emma Stone, who has already raised more than $13 million (£9.6 m) of its $ 15 million target.
The money raised will be used to finance the services of legal assistance to both women and men victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
The project is mainly aimed to those who are unable to meet the payments to defend themselves, such as agricultural or factory workers, caretakers and maids.
In a “letter of solidarity”, published on its web site, the Time says that “the struggle of women to break into, to ascend to the ranks and to simply be heard” must end, adding: “the Time in this impenetrable monopoly.”
The letter, which is addressed to “all the women… who has had to fend off sexual advances”, you are going to say that kind of harassment can often continue because “the authors and the employers never face the consequences”.Exploring the casting couch of the culture of THE
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It also calls for “gender inequality and the imbalance of power” to be considered, highlighting the need for more women to gain positions of authority and parity of pay.
In December, Time magazine named “the Silent Breakers” – women and men speaking out against sexual abuse and harassment – as a “Person of the Year” for the year 2017.
The past 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 the actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to ask victims of sexual assault to come forward in a show of solidarity.
Between October and December of 2017, the hashtag is used on Twitter and Facebook with more than six million times.