2017 set the benchmark high – from the global marches in January, wherein 58 countries voiced the need for gender equality to the #MeToo campaign in October that addressed the need for more legitimate laws and policies for security, the year paved the way for a better future for all.
2018 has continued to voice the same zest. While in one part of the world, Iceland’s legislation made it mandatory for all organisations to pay women and men equally, in another BBC’s Carrie Grace bravely took the foreground to raise the same issue. The fervour to empower women has continued as men and women united at the 75th Golden Globes held on 7th January, 2018 in support of Time’s Up.
The campaign, in light of the Harvey Weinstein affair, was created in solidarity to the women who exposed the sexual harassment allegations. In the letter, written by the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, female farmworkers voice their experiences of harassment and assault. Thus Time’s Up was born with myriad initiatives to demand a safer and equal world for women. On one hand, it works towards legislation that punishes organisations that tolerate persistent harassment. It also seeks to support lower income women seeking justice for suffering from harassment at the workplace as well while simultaneously demands for gender parity in studios and talent agencies.
The most recent prong, however, was seen at the Golden Globes as women and men wore black and addressed the issues at hand alongside invited activists. The ceremony successfully created dialogue, both online and offline, of the issues at hand- expanding the reach of the Time’s Up movement across the world. A pivotal movement was Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B.DeMille Award.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up.”
Oprah Winfrey in her speech recognized all women for their strength in a world of inequality and injustice and hails change as a “new day is on the horizon. ” She urges not merely those at the ceremony but all of her audience to be leaders in paving the way for a world where “nobody has to say, “Me Too” ever again.”