About TIME’S UP UK
TIME’S UP UK exists so no one has to say #MeToo again.
TIME’S UP is an organisation that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds.
In response to the growing TIME’S UP movement in the US, a group of UK-based women: actors, producers, writers and others from the film, TV and theatre industries catalysed a sister initiative in the UK. For maximum impact it is set up under the TIME’S UP brand and aims to amplify and reinforce the message already promoted in the US.
The UK movement seeks to build on key elements of the solidarity letter released by TIME’S UP and the statement by the activists attending the Globes, which emphasised the need to highlight the connections between the harassment revelations in Hollywood and the wider, systematic nature of harassment and violence against women across all industries, contexts and countries with the recognition that this issue is universal. We seek strength in unity and maximum cooperation.
The activist statement also flagged the ways in which the TIME’S UP initiative joins an ever-growing collective of organisations, movements and leaders working to end gender-based violence. The UK work stands absolutely in solidarity with existing movements and initiatives, and acknowledges their efforts and achievements.
Whilst there is a high level of overarching messaging coherence between the US and UK, tactics and partners are locally determined in response to the specificity of the UK policy context, the landscape of UK entertainment industry, and ways in which the UK equality and women’s rights sector organises around these issues.
Our first urgent priority for fundraising was for organisations working with women on the frontline of sexual abuse and harassment. In 2018 following consultation with leading women’s rights and equality organisations and foundations, we helped catalyse a new fund: the TIME’S UP UK Justice and Equality Fund (JEF) and assigned its management to the UK women’s fund, Rosa, which has a strong track record in the development and distribution of grant funding for women’s projects throughout the UK. The Justice and Equality Fund launched in February 2018.
Emma Watson was the first UK catalyst of the fund, which she kick-started with a £1m donation. So far, over 400 donors have contributed £2.7m towards 41 grants awarded the length and breadth of the UK. We’ve reached a diverse range of communities, both rural and urban, as well as a cross-section of women from many backgrounds.
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TIME’S UP UK urgently needs a fully operational infrastructure so we can deliver and continue to build on our work and impact to date. Our tiny TIME’S UP UK team of two people working part time is currently supported by a few individuals, ahead of gaining charitable status where we can raise significant funds. If everyone on the distribution list committed as much or as little as they can as a direct debit, then we can be fully operational and continue to do the work we have started and fund the work we still have yet to accomplish. These issues are not going to be resolved in the short term, we need everyone to contribute to the challenges ahead, which we will overcome together.
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