Time’s up for Harvey Weinsteins in workplaces

This week, Hollywood’s 300 big players launched Time’s Up to help women and men fight cases of sexual harassment at workplaces. The initiative, which has already raised over $13 million of its $15m target, comes in the wake of sexual abuse complaints levelled by leading actresses against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein who has denied accusations saying all sexual contacts were consensual. The Time’s Up campaign is led by actresses like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone and Eva Longoria. Most of them have donated $500,000 each. Time’s Up will set up a legal defence fund to provide subsidised aid to harassed, abused and assaulted women and men irrespective of the industry they represent. Besides legal funding, Time’s up will push for legislation to penalise companies, where harassment takes place, and discourage non-disclosure agreements meant to silence victims. The campaign believes time is up for Weinstein and others to face consequences for their actions. Film producer Shonda Rhimes said earning a living should not come at the cost of anyone’s safety, dignity or morale. Time’s up drive followed #MeToo hashtag and campaign started by activist Tarana Burke and popularised by actress Alyssa Milano after the Weinstein revelations.