#TimesUp: The #MeToo movement has evolved and is putting action to words

Farida Dawkins Jan 3, 2018 at 08:17am

January 03, 2018 at 08:17 am | Women

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

January 03, 2018 at 08:17 am | Women

Kerry Washington, Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes attend ABC News, Yahoo! News, Univision Pre-White House Correspondents Dinner cocktail reception at Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. All three women signed the Time's Up letter published in the New York Times on January 1, 2017.

The #MeToo hashtag movement was initiated by Tarana Burke, a social activist in 2006 in efforts to raise awareness of sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the workplace. Though sexual deviant behaviour has been rampant in numerous career fields, women effected generally kept silent for one reason or another. #MeToo and the current scandal of high-profile men in Hollywood due to aforementioned has birthed the #TimesUp movement.

The #TimesUp campaign is seeing a strong start with financial contributions from celebrities such as Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey, Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Viola Davis, and Gabrielle Union to name a few.  The aim of the collection of these funds is to establish a legal defence fund so that those affected by sexual harassment can have the monetary backing to fight their perpetrators in court, formulation of regulations that eradicate the corporate atmosphere of harassment, and gender equalization in the entertainment realm.

You don’t have to be a public figure to assist in this initiative.  By going to https://www.timesupnow.com/ you can become a part of the solution by donating to the cause as well and learning of alternative ways of assisting and advocating for yourself or others in the workplace.

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