By Neža Jelen Križovnik
“The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It’s time to do something about it.”
Time’s Up is a movement against sexual harassment and it was founded on January 1, 2018, by Hollywood celebrities. Till February 2018, it has raised $20 million for its legal defence fund, and gathered over 200 volunteer lawyers.
It all started in November 2017, when the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas wrote a letter of solidarity to the Hollywood women. The letter, published in Time, described experiences of assault and harassment among female farmworkers. The letter stated that it was written on behalf of the approximately 700,000 female farmworkers in the United States.
Time’s Up was announced in The New York Times on January 1, 2018. At its founding, the following initiatives were announced:
- A $13-million legal defence fund, to support lower-income women seeking justice for sexual harassment and assault in the workplace
- Advocating for legislation to punish companies that tolerate persistent harassment
- A movement toward gender parity in studio and talent agencies
- Calling for women on the red carpet at the 75th Golden Globe Awards to wear black and speak out about sexual harassment and assault. So women who attended the Grammys in 2018 wore white roses or all-white clothes to express solidarity with the Time’s Up movement.
On the website you can find an open letter to women of the world, standing in solidarity and affirming the signatories’ action to tackle sexual harassment and assault. The letter was signed by almost 400 British and American women in the entertainment industry and the DMK cosmetics foundation.