British female stars say Time's Up ahead of Baftas

Danny Woods
February 19, 2018

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".

Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big victor Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony. It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed.

The letter calls for an end to harassment and abuse due to an "imbalance of power" across all industries as well as highlighting that the gender pay gap for women in their 20s in Britain is now "five times greater than it was six years ago". Another focus will be on legal and policy work, which will "support game-changing legal cases that can help improve laws and policies and create a safer future for us all".

Also among the dozens of signatories are Emma Thompson, Thandie Newton, Miranda Hart, Gemma Chan and Carey Mulligan.

Numerous guests are reportedly set to wear black on the red carpet, with many others planning to wearing Time's Up pin badges to offer their support.

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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'We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world'. This issue is systemic, as opposed to individual, one-off events.

The Justice and Equality Fund has been set up by women working in the United Kingdom entertainment industry and aims to raise £2m to fight sexual harassment and discrimination.

It reads: "As we approach the Baftas - our industry's time for celebration and acknowledgment, we hope we can celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement global".

Along with her signature on an open letter that calls for an end to sexual harassment, Watson donated £1 ($1.4 million USD) to the fund.

The guests include Laura Bates who founded the award-winning Everyday Sexism Project, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, co-founder of UK Black Pride, and Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, two of the "Dagenham Girls" who walked out of a Ford Motor Company plant after learning they were being paid less than their male counterparts in 1968. 160 academics, activists and charity workers have added their name too.

It reads: "For each woman in the entertainment industry who has spoken out, there are thousands of women whose stories go unheard... I love flamboyance and our industry and I want to celebrate it".

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