Hollywood actresses, directors and writers have started an initiative to fight sexual harassment inside and outside the film industry.
The New York Times recently ran a full-page advertisement of the project, called Time's Up.
Oscar-winning actresses like Emma Stone, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett have supported the Time's Up project
It has been described as a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere".
It follows a litany of accusations regarding sexual abuse by a number of women, and in some cases men, associated with the entertainment industry against powerful male figures like film producer Harvey Weinstein and veteran actor Kevin Spacey.
Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual abuse by multiple women
Source: The Week
Oscar-winning actresses like Emma Stone, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett along with Hollywood writers like Shonda Rhimes have supported the project. It has already raised the $13 million of its $15 million target. The money will be used as a legal-defense fund to fight workplace sexual harassments and abuse that people in lower-middle-class professions like cleaning and caretaking face.
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— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 1, 2018
The December issue of Time magazine even named the women and men who opened up about sexual abuse and harassment, called "the Silence Breakers", as its "Person of the Year" for 2017.
The past year also saw the #MeToo hashtag go viral on Twitter, leading to women and men from all over the world sharing details of the sexual abuse and harassment they faced.