“Yes, means yes, no means no, and maybe means no – we celebrate and embrace the no”
Ita O’Brien, Founder, Intimacy on Set
Last Thursday, 21st May 2020, TIME’S UP UK led an online discussion with the International Women’s Forum (IWF) called Safe Sets, looking at how #MeToo and the ensuing TIME’S UP movement have led to “best practice” productions re-thinking safety on set.
The panel discussed how the use of Intimacy Coordinators can help navigate the fine line between the personal and the professional and aid those actors who frequently found themselves vulnerable and exploited while filming. The discussion was chaired by TIME’S UP UK’s Chair, Dame Heather Rabbatts, in conversation with the UK’s leading Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien, founder of Intimacy on Set, and celebrated Actor/Producer Ruth Wilson.
IWF’s membership includes more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. Their purpose is to respond to high-achieving women leaders’ need for a community of diverse thinkers. Their mission to shape a future in which leadership has no gender and the next generation is inspired and equipped to transform the world.
“What was increasingly apparent throughout the conversation was how #MeToo and TIME’S UP has had a huge and positive influence for changing the way productions work, how they are shifting to better practice in many new ways, and in particular with the new role of the Intimacy Coordinator. The importance of the work we do was to be found in Ita O’Brien’s explanation of her practices, “Yes, means yes, no means no, and maybe means no – we celebrate and embrace the no” – this line goes to the heart of the matter, and how we are all learning to express where our boundaries lie, and not being afraid to share them.”
TIME’S UP UK is a charity, recently formed in the UK, as a charity we can only continue the work with support and donations. We all appreciate that we are experiencing unprecedented challenges but as TIME’S UP focusses on safety for all women in the workplace, which now includes the home, we hope you will be able to support us.
Name: UK Time’s Up
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