Times Up: A Letter of Solidarity

November, 2017

A letter was wrote from the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, addressing the need for solidarity to the women of Hollywood involved in sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The females coming forward include Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd, to name a few. Time Magazine published the letter, written on behalf of about 700,000 females, outlined the experiences of assault and harassment (Times Up, 2017).

What can you do?

1. Don’t be part of the problem. For starters, don’t harass anyone.

2. If a person who has been harassed tells you about it, believe them. Don’t underestimate how hard it is to talk about these things.If you know someone who has been harassed, connect them to resources who can help, such as the ones found here.

3. If you know someone who has been harassed, connect them to resources who can help, such as the ones found here.

4. If you are a witness or bystander and see a harassing situation, you can help the person being harassed. You could actually intervene. You could confront the harasser. You could also help the person get out of the harassing situation. If you cannot do any of these things, you can still support the harassed person by corroborating and confirming the account of what happened.

5. You can support those affected by sexual harassment by donating to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.

6. If you are part of an organization, look at the workforce and the leadership (management, officers, board of directors). Does it reflect the market where you operate and the world we live in? If not, ask why not and do something to move it closer to that goal.

7. Acknowledge that talent is equally distributed, but work and career opportunities are not. Mentor someone from an under-represented group in your industry. If you are in a position to do so, hire someone who can diversify the perspectives included in your organization; your team will be better and stronger for it.

8. You can vote with your wallet: in your purchasing, in your investing and in your charitable giving. Spend or give to companies and organizations who have more equitable leadership and opportunities for all (Times Up, 2017).

Always be kind. More to come,

Bella Sium

Image credit: www.timesupnow.com

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