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Golden Globes 2018: 'Time's up' on sexual harassment

Golden Globes 2018: 'Time's up' on sexual harassment
From Al Jazeera - January 8, 2018

Women's rights activists and celebrities - dressed in black - took to the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday night not only to celebrate the last year in film and television, but also to shine light on systemic sexual harassment in the workplace.

It was the first major awards event since allegations emerged last year against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by several women of sexual harassment.

Since then, women and men from the the film, television, media, service and other industries have exposed the level of sexual misconduct within the workplace.

Under the theme "time's up", celebrities lined the red carpet in black, and some used their acceptance speeches to comment on the need to confront abuse in the industry.

But the major stars of the night may have been eight activists for gender and racial justice who accompanied celebrities to the event.

"As longtime organisers, activists and advocates for racial and gender justicewe have each dedicated our lives to doing work that supports the least visible, most marginalised women in our diverse contexts," a statement by the activists said.

"Too much recent press attention has been focused on perpetrators and does not adequately address the systematic nature of violence including the importance of race, ethnicity and economic status in sexual violence and other forms of violence against women," the women added.

<3>@AmericaFerrera @RWitherspoon @kerrywashington @LenaWaithe @LauraDern @EmmaWatson @shailenewoodley @smrtgrls @TraceeEllisRoss @TaranaBurke @SaruJayaraman @monica_promumi #TIMESUP pic.twitter.com/w5D3QoSJAP

Ai-jen Poo (@aijenpoo) January 8, 2018

Among the activists was Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo, which inspired millions of women and men to share their own stories of abuse and harassment online.

Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, also attended, saying on Twitter that she was "proud to be representing over 2.5 million domestic workers[who] face harassment and abuse behind closed doors".

Monica Ramirez, who fights sexual harassment and abuse in the agricultural industry, attended on behalf of the 700,000 farmworker women in the US.

"Walking down the red carpet on behalf of my ancestors; my family; the hundreds of thousands of farmworker women in our nation; my community; the many organisers, advocates and lawyers; and all those who paved the way for this movement," Ramirez said on Twitter.

Walking down the red carpet on behalf of my ancestors; my family; the hundreds of thousands of farmworker women in our nation; my community; the many organizers, advocates and lawyers; and all of those who paved the way for this movement. @campesinasunite #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/6qRuSP41pn

Monica Ramirez (@monica_promumi) January 8, 2018
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