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Hollywood actresses, writers launch project to fight sexual harassment

The initiative, which is called 'Time’s Op' was announced on Monday in a full-page advert in the 'New York Times'.

Actress Charlize Theron. Picture: AFP

NEW YORK - Three-hundred Hollywood actresses, writers and directors including the likes of Charlize Theron and Shonda Rhimes have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment beyond the film industry.

The initiative, which is called “Time’s Up” was announced on Monday in a full-page advert in the New York Times.

When Hollywood women began a few months ago to report their experiences with abusive employers, among them, fellow actors, products and directors, a group representing 700,000 American female farmworkers wrote an open letter of solidarity.

The women expressed their support for the Hollywood stars speaking out, but said they needed help too.

The Time’s Up project is described as a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere".

It has already begun raising money for a legal defence fund to help file sexual harassment cases.