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UK stars say 'Time's Up' for sexual harassment and abuse

19 February 2018

Among the actions taken was an open letter released Sunday featuring signatures from Watson, Naomie Harris, Olivia Colman and 187 more voices demanding an end to harassment, discrimination and abuse. 160 academics, activists and charity workers have added their name too.

It emphasizes that revelations about abuse in Hollywood have now spread across the world, saying the movement is about more than just the entertainment industry.

The move follows the "Time's Up" demonstration at the Golden Globes in Hollywood, in which stars wore black on the red carpet in protest at the Harvey Weinstein abuse allegations.

Research in the United Kingdom has found that more than half of all women said they have experienced sexual harassment at work.

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The letter, which was published in the newspaper, The Observer, spoke on the changing political atmosphere, one where women are no longer willing to tolerate harassment as merely a "part of being a woman or girl".

"In 2018, we seem to have woken up in a world ripe for change". We believe we need to use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us. We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes to the world.

"It's easy to dismiss harassment and abuse as being caused by "one or two really, really bad men" but the United Kingdom statistics point to a much bigger and more structural problem".

According to the organization's GoFundMe page, the new fund was "inspired by the phenomenal campaigners of #metoo, TIME'S UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movement and others".

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The new fund closely mirrors the Time's Up campaign propelled by the United States entertainment industry to tackle harassment and sexism.

Renowned stars in the United States have arranged a legal assistance program to guide males and females assaulted at work.

Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg's Wunderkinder Foundation donated $2 million; Katie McGrath and Star Trek creator JJ Abrams gave $1 million; and Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey each donated $100,000 to the cause.

Others backing the campaign include Taylor Swift ($140,400), Natalie Portman ($70,000), Cate Blanchett ($70,000), Emma Stone ($70,000), Scarlett Johansson ($28,000) and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg ($35,000).

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As we approach the Baftas - our industry's time for celebration and acknowledgment - we hope we can celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity.

UK stars say 'Time's Up' for sexual harassment and abuse