You may remember at the BAFTAs this year (18 February 2018) most of the females that walked the red carpet were wearing black. This was not because someone had died, but in support of a very important movement that is tackling the issues around equality between men and women.
This movement is called ‘Times Up’, it has been set up by females in the entertainment industry to women everywhere. It aims to empower females to stand up again sexual assault, harassment and equality in the workplace.
Nobody should suffer in silence, everyone should be treated fairly. Some of you may have read the open letter that published in The Observer calling for women to stand up for their rights, it seems ironic that over 100 year after women were given the vote in England that we would still be fighting for their equality in the workplace.
At the beginning of February I touched on the topic of bullying and sexual harassment in the arts industry, but this takes the issue to a whole new level. It is just wonderful to see the arts industry reaching out to the rest of the world.
This campaign is not just about the awareness of the issues of assault and harassment it is being practical, it is raising money for a legal defence fund to support women through cases against those who bring harm to them. Currently in the US the fund stands at $21 million (£15 million). The same is being started in the UK with actress Emma Watson already donating £1 million to the much needed fund.
As the letter in The Observer says, ‘For each woman in the entertainment industry who has spoken out, there are thousands of women whose stories go unheard’
If you would like to read more about the campaign the please visit: https://www.timesupnow.com/