190 British and Irish actors sign open letter and launch Justice And Equality Fund

In the run up to the BAFTAS 190 British and Irish actors – including Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Kate Winslet, Claire Foy, Noma Dumezweni, Emma Thompson, Jodie Whittaker, Sophie Okonedo and Saoirse Ronan – have signed an open letter of intent, published in the Observer calling Time with their American sisters in solidarity with the Time’s Up group, formed in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

The Letter (in full below) describes

“that it is possible to create a different world; one that is equal and just. We believe that it is possible for us to have freedom and safety wherever we are, from our homes to our workplaces. So today we come together with sisters in the entertainment industry to call Time’s UP on sexual abuse, and other forms of abuse, harassment and victimisation”.

It urges readers to

 “join us in this movement and support our work. Organisations and groups working to create systemic and long-term change in the UK are in desperate need of resourcing. A 2013 survey of European charitable foundations showed less than 5% of funds were targeted towards women”

and donate to the to Rosa’s justice and equality fund. 

Activists’ letter:

Dear Sisters,

We write today as activists, organisers, advocates and campaigners working to end violence against women and girls. We work in rape crisis centres, specialist black and minority ethnic women’s organisations, disabled women’s organisations, refuges, helplines, advice services, women’s infrastructure organisations, community organisations, women’s campaigning groups, universities, trade unions, women’s networks and more.

We write to you as a diverse group of women, speaking to other women, about the world that we live in, and the one that we know it is possible to create.

In the last few months we have heard a number of women speak out about their experiences of being harassed, assaulted, abused and victimised in the entertainment industry. Over and over again, we have heard stories of powerful individuals, primarily men, who have abused their positions to control women, to violate their bodies, to cause emotional harm and to threaten their livelihoods. We know that many women have also been silenced in a myriad of ways, which include being threatened with further abuse, public shaming, not being able to work and not being believed.

For those of us who do this work, these stories are all too familiar. We bear witness each day to the ways that adult women, young women and girls are subjected to violence in every sphere, from the home to the workplace. We know that many women are subjected to abuse, which is not only about sex and gender, but also about factors such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, disability, age and more; and we know that this compounds the marginalisation that women have to face. We recognise that the ways in which women in the entertainment industry have been silenced mirror the ways that women are silenced by individual perpetrators, by companies, by families, by institutions, by communities and by the state. For each woman in the entertainment industry who has spoken out, there are thousands of women whose stories go unheard.

One in 10 women in the European Union report having experienced cyber-harassment since the age of 15 and close to one in three 16-18 year-old girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school. One in five women in England and Wales have experienced some type of sexual assault since the age of 16. The number of rapes recorded by police in England and Wales is the highest in the EU, according to official 2017 figures.

On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales.

This needs to end.

These are not isolated incidents. This is about power and inequality; and it is systemic.

We know that as we write about our experiences some will ask us: “But what about the men?” While our work is focused on women and girls, we acknowledge all survivors of abuse. We recognise their experiences as part of a wider system of patriarchal power which disproportionately impacts women and girls and also harms men and boys. We join with all survivors to demand change.

If this change is to happen, we need a major shift across our societies. This shift needs to be intersectional and it needs to attend to all structural inequality and oppressions.

As activists, we welcome the call from our entertainment industry sisters to unite to call TIME on harassment and abuse. We recognise that every woman, everywhere, who has ever spoken out has been part of creating change, even when she has not been believed. We know that these conversations are not new, and that these stories are not exceptional, but the women in the entertainment industry that have spoken out have helped to push issues such as sexual harassment and rape into the public consciousness in an unprecedented way. We believe that this is a moment in time when we can harness our collective energies to dismantle the wall of silence that surrounds violence against women and girls.

To every woman afraid to walk down the streets, or take public transport, we see you. To every woman scared to go home or who is trapped at home, we hear you. To every girl and every young woman who is terrified of going to school, we are with you. To every woman who has been detained, while seeking safety, we believe you. To each and every one of you, who has been subjected to any form of harassment, abuse and/or victimisation, we say this: we hear you. We see you. We believe you. We are with you.

We believe that it is possible to create a different world; one that is equal and just. We believe that it is possible for us to have freedom and safety wherever we are, from our homes to our workplaces. So today we come together with sisters in the entertainment industry to call Time’s UP on sexual abuse, and other forms of abuse, harassment and victimisation.

We call on you to join us in this movement and support our work. Organisations and groups working to create systemic and long-term change in the UK are in desperate need of resourcing. A 2013 survey of European charitable foundations showed less than 5% of funds were targeted towards women. It should therefore come as no surprise that many of the organisations that have been fighting for justice and equality are chronically underfunded.

As government cuts and austerity measures take their grip on our sector, many of the services that are supporting survivors are struggling to stay open.

Please contact us to find out how you can make a difference, and consider donating to Rosa’s justice and equality fund today.

Signed:

Adeola Iluyomade, Rape Crisis, Adwoa Kwateng-Kluvitse, Forward, Akeela Ahmed, activist, Alison Hill, Rape Crisis, Amna Abdullatif, Amrit Wilson, author and activist, Anber Raz, Imkaan Andrea Simon, End Violence Against Women Coalition, Angela Maruli, Forward, Angelina Rodriques, End Violence Against Women Coalition, Arabella Gayle, student and activist, Aviah Sarah, Sisters Uncut, Baljit Banga, London Black Women’s Project, Beverley Williams, Amadudu Camille Kumar, Women and Girls Network, Caroline Burton, Rape Crisis, Caroline Vaux, Rape Crisis, Carys Afoko, Level Up Cas Heron, Rape Crisis, Ceri Hayes, Gender Matters, Charlotte Kneer, Women’s Aid survivor ambassador, Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid, Chlo Winfield, Women’s Aid survivor ambassador, Cimone Hilton, Safer London, Claire Throssell, Women’s Aid child first campaigner and survivor ambassador, Clare Hyde, Astraea Project, Cris McCurley, solicitor, Darlene Corry, researcher and activist, Dawn Redshaw, Salford Women’s Aid, Dawn Thomas, Rape Crisis, Diana Nammi, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), Dianne Whitfield, Rape Crisis, Dion Spence, Imkaan Dionne Nelson, Women’s Resource Centre, Dorett Jones, Imkaan, Dr Akima Thomas, Women and Girls Network, Dr Ava Kanyeredzi, University of East London, Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, University of Bedfordshire, Dr Fiona Vera Gray, Durham University, Dr Kate Cook, Manchester Metropolitan University, Dr Lisa W Kelly, University of Glasgow, Dr Maria Garner, Dr Marianna Tortell, Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP), Dr Marsha Scott, Scottish Women’s Aid, Dr Nancy Lombard, Glasgow Caledonian University, Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, London Metropolitan University, Dr Ravi K Thiara, University of Warwick, Dr Sue Robson, Women’s Rights advocate, Dr Susan Berridge, University of Stirling, Dr Rebecca Johnson, Women in Black, Ehinor Otaigbe, Wonderfully Made Woman, Elaine Peaker, Rape Crisis, Eleanor Lisney, Sisters of Frida, Elizabeth Ackerley, activist, Emma Ritch, Engender, Estelle Du Boulay, Rights of Women, Esua Goldsmith, writer and activist, Fiona Davidson, journalist and trade unionist, Firoza Mohmed, Humraaz Foloshade Alonge, The Butterflies Francesca Jarvis, Rape Crisis, Garima Jhamb, Women’s Aid, Georgina Robb, Women and Girls Network, Guddy Helevuo-Burnet, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), Gurpreet Virdee, Women and Girls Network, Hannana Siddiqui, Helen Cylwik, consultant, Hilary McCollum, writer and campaigner, Huda Jawad, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, Ikamara Larasi, activist, Ila Patel, Asha Projects, Illary Valenzuela Oblitas, Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), Indira Purushothaman, Imkaan, Jackie Hancox, Rape Crisis Jan Melia, Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland, Janet McDermott, Women’s Aid, Jashmin Patel, Imkaan, Jayne Bullough, Rape Crisis Jennifer Edmunds, Sisters Uncut, Jo Costello, Every Day Victim Blaming, Jo Sutcliffe, Rape Crisis, Jo Todd, Respect, Jocelyn Watson, activist and writer, Jodie Woodward, Rape Crisis, Kafayat Okanlawon, Imkaan, Karen Boyle, University of Strathclyde, Karen Moore, Astraea Project, Kathleen Moss, ACMA, Katie Ghose, Women’s Aid, Katie Russell, Rape Crisis, Kim Donahue, consultant Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism Project, Leah Cowan, Imkaan, Lee Eggleston, Rape Crisis, Lesley Painter, Rape Crisis, Lia Latchford, Imkaan, Lisa Johnson, Women’s Aid, Lisa-Marie Taylor, FiLiA, Louise Harcourt, Women and Girls Network, Louise Whitfield, public law specialist, Lynne Wham, Rape Crisis, Maggie Parks, Womens Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Cornwall, Mandy Thomas, Women’s Aid Survivor ambassador, Marai Larasi MBE, Imkaan, Marchu Girma, Women for Refugee Women, Marie-Claire Faray, Common Cause Platform for Congolese Women, Mary Mason, Solace Women’s Aid, Mary Otuko, Forward, Michelle Springer Benjamin, Women and Girls Network, Molly Ackhurst, Rape Crisis Tebussum Rashid, Sukoon Ltd, Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Forward, Nahir de la Silva, Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), Natalia Dawkins MBE, Natasha Walter, Women for Refugee Women, Neha Kagal, Imkaan, Nicki Norman, Women’s Aid, Nicole Jacobs, Standing Together, Nina George, Nina Kelly, activist and consultant, Olu Amokeodo, Rape Crisis, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK.Black Pride, Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters, Professor Aisha Gill, University of Roehampton, Professor Clare McGlynn, Durham University, Professor Liz Kelly, London Metropolitan University, Professor Nicole Westmarland, Durham University, Quinn, Rape Crisis, Rachel Krys, End Violence Against Women Coalition, Raggi Kotak, 1 Pump Court, Rahni Binjie, Imkaan, Ranjit Kaur, campaigner, Rebecca Hitchen, Rape Crisis, Rosa Knight, Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Rose Ssali, Support and Action Women’s Network (SAWN), Roz Hardie, Lewisham Disability Coalition, Rupa Sarkar, Women’s Resource Centre, Ruth Atkinson, Imkaan, Sabrina Qureshi, Million Women Rise, Sadi Khan, Women’s Aid Survivor ambassador, Sally Jackson, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, Sandie Barton, Rape Crisis, Scotland, Sandy Brindley, Rape Crisis, Scotland, Sara Kirkpatrick, Respect, Sarah Green, End Violence Against Women Coalition, Shaista Aziz, Shaista Gohir OBE, Muslim Women’s Network, UK, Shamshia Ali, Sheila Coates, Rape Crisis, Shelley Johnson, Rape Crisis, Sumanta Roy, Imkaan, Susan Berridge, University of Stirling, Susie McDonald, Tender, Taranjit Chana, London Black Women’s Project, Toks Okeniyi, Forward, Tracey Ford, JAGS Foundation, Umme Imam, Angelou Centre, Verity Meeson, Women and Girls Network, Vivienne Hayes MBE, Women’s Resource Centre, Yenny Aude, Latin American Women’s Aid, Zahra Rasouli, Women and Girls Network, Zlahka Ahmed, Apna Haq Zoe Gray, Women and Girls Network

image: Composite from top left: Emilia Clarke, Emma Watson, Naomie Harris, Poppy Delevigne, Noma Dumezweni, Gemma Arterton, Nicola Walker, Noomi Rapace, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Emma Thompson, Thandie Newton, Ophelia Lovibond, Saoirse Ronan, Samantha Morton, Carey Mulligan Composite: Getty Images, Rex Features. From Guardian article. 

Answers on a Postcard

ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD was our creative response to the #MeToo campaign and with our #Respectis campaign invited you to create, share and discuss thoughts around the current issues and debate on sexual harassment.

In the wake of #MeToo, we’ve been wondering what theatre might look like – on stage, backstage and in the office – if we all felt able to call out unacceptable behaviour.

Imagine you’re in a rehearsal room and something happens that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Imagine you feel strong enough to speak up about it.
Imagine that the other people in the room are going to support you. In fact, they’re going to celebrate you for speaking up.

What do you say?
What do you do?
And what happens next?

Answers on a Postcard – Final Call out for creative responses …

Catherine is our Creative Learning Associate and creator of our campaign Answers on a Postcard – a creative response to #MeToo. Here she is chatting about the concept behind the campaign. You still have until midnight tomorrow, 5th December, to get your ideas and responses to us! We would love to hear your opinions. Click http://bit.ly/2hZvgCc to join in the conversation!

Posted by Stellar Quines Theatre Company on Monday, 4 December 2017

 

ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD submissions have now closed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, we’ll use your responses to inform the next stage of this project.

LATEST UPDATE – Dec 2017

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send us their Answers On A Postcard. Your responses were fascinating, inspiring and thought-provoking. We are honoured that you shared them with us.

The responses spanned a real range of styles.

Some conveyed the physical sensations of speaking up:

– I don’t have the hot buzz in my chest that might have accompanied this action in the past. I don’t have the sensation of not being able to form words.. . I say what is wrong and it’s OK. It’s normal. It’s just how we work.

Some suggested specific phrases to use:

– I say ‘ Woah. No. Stop’ or maybe ‘that’s a bit weird that’ in my most Mancunian accent (my true voice, my true accent, it makes me feel brave, confident and heard).

– I didn’t give you permission to do that. It makes me very uncomfortable and I can’t do my best work in those circumstances.

Some were practical:

In an ideal world, that person understand why what he/she did made the rest of us uncomfortable and apologises, explaining that he/she will not do/say things like that to anyone else in the future.

… and some were poetic:

Remember that silence is the tool of the oppressor

And then

Say

look

I don’t know what gives you the right to treat another human being like this

But I’m not going to stand for it

not today

not again

not ever

ever

again

Other writers focused on ideas for change, ways of working with the other people in the room, or more general ideas about theatre. People’s love for theatre and their desire for change shone out from all the answers.

So what next? Well, the exciting news is that in March 2018 we are going to be running two workshops with actors in training in Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Drama Training Network, to explore this theme further. Your responses from this stage of the project will feed in to the workshop design. We will keep you posted!

Stellar Quines response to the #Metoo campaign

Today Stellar Quines announce their support and plan of action in response the #MeToo campaign that has spread across our industry over the past month since the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others were revealed.

We are working with partners in the Scottish arts industry, uniting together to instigate change.

We invite you to join our #Respectis campaign on social media sharing up to 3 words, in text, sound, film or images, anyway you prefer which sum up what RESPECT means to you on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. 

We want this collective response to the bravery of disclosure seen through #Metoo to make a statement about what behaviours we expect and demand. We will use your words of hope as an inspiration for our next steps as an industry and a movement.

Soon we will be announcing a new project Answers on a Postcard where you can engage through a process of creative sharing. We are also be collating information and articles for you to read to help inform what is happening.

Join the conversation #Respectis

#Respectis

#Respectis – join a collective response to the bravery of disclosure seen through #Metoo to make a statement about what behaviours we expect and demand.

What does RESPECT mean to you? Share up to 3 words, in text, sound, film or images, anyway you prefer that sum up what RESPECT means to you, tagging your posts on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #Respectis.

We will use your words of hope as an inspiration for our next steps as an industry and a movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 


RESOURCES

Add our Twibbon to your Twitter profile to show your support for the campaign.

Use our Canva template to create your #Respectis message or download a template from below.

 

Suggested tweets for sharing:

  • What does RESPECT mean to you? Share up to 3 words #Respectis make a statement about the behaviours we expect & demand
  • #Respectis words of hope – join the campaign https://www.stellarquines.com/respectis
  • #Respectis join a collective response – inspire next steps https://www.stellarquines.com/respectis

 

 

 

 

 

 

#MeToo News and Resources

These pages are a work in progress…we will keep adding information to them regularly so please keep checking back!

What’s next?

    • 190 British and Irish actors – including Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Kate Winslet, Claire Foy, Noma Dumezweni, Emma Thompson, Jodie Whittaker, Sophie Okonedo and Saoirse Ronan – have launched a new Justice and Equality Fund and signed an open letter of intent, published in the Observer calling Time with their American sisters in solidarity with the Time’s Up group.
    • On February 6th, the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, the Fawcett Society launched #OurTimeNow, a campaign which will break down the barriers to gender equality throughout 2018 and beyond.Campaigners including Helen Pankhurst, Jess Phillips, Maria Miller, Nimco Ali and many more are already supporting #OurTimeNow as Centenary Champions. Will you join the movement and help to make 2018 as symbolically momentous as 1918 was?
  • TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live. The #Timesup movement against sexual harassment was founded on January 1, 2018, by Hollywood celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Aniston in response to the Weinstein effect and #MeToo. As of February 2018, it has raised $20 million for its legal defense fund, and gathered over 200 volunteer lawyers.

Events/Opportunities

•  Persistant and Nasty A script reading and debate series for the female-identified voice in stage and screen. Male, male-identified, and gender fluid audience members are also very welcome. Submissions for March event now open.

Responses/Resources

Articles

Contacts

Whilst this has been a moment of empowerment for some women, it is also incredibly important that we practise self-care. If you feel you can’t or don’t want to speak to anyone close to you about your own experiences there are some people who are there to listen [source No Grey Area]

SCOTTISH HELPLINES & CONTACTS

  • Rape Crisis Scotland – 08088 01 03 02
  • Victim Support Scotland – 0845 603 9213
  • Scotlands Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline – 0800 027 1234
  • NHS 24 (Scotland) – 111
  • Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90.

NATIONAL HELPLINES

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission – Sexual Harassment – 0845 604 6610
  • NHS Direct Helpline: 0845 46 47
  • Victim Support 0845 30 30 900
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre 0808 802 9999
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline 08457 023 047
  • The Rape and Abuse Line 0808 800 0123
  • Women’s Aid Federation of England 0808 2000 247
  • Scottish Women’s Aid 0131 226 6606

USEFUL RESOURCES

Rape Crisis Scotland Sexual Harassment Leaflet

Royal Court Code of Behaviour 

Supporting #MeToo

In the aftermath of the reports and allegations that have swept across the media this month and shone a bright and uncomfortable light on our industry, we have been deep in conversation about how best to respond. Because we want to respond, with the sector, for what we believe in and what our company stands for on behalf of women and girls.

As the stories have unfolded and colleagues across the performing arts landscape have added their voices of support to those who have been brave enough to speak out and those who are not able to, we have sought to find a response that respected that bravery and the incredible complexity of the issue.

We acknowledge that we cannot fix this alone and stand with colleagues across the UK who are collectively and publically pledgingto make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry.’ and developing an industry-wide code of behaviour to prevent sexual harassment and abuse.

We recognise the need for leadership from within the Scottish theatre sector and are working alongside industry partners to make things happen, uniting together to instigate change. This includes supporting both the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s statement and their development of shared policies and clear, practical guidance.

As a theatre company who exists to celebrate, provoke, empower and inspire we would like to invite you to:

  • JOIN our #Respectis campaign. Share up to 3 words, in text, sound, film or images, anyway you prefer, which sum up what RESPECT means to you. Tag your posts on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #Respectis to join a collective response to the bravery of disclosure seen through #Metoo to make a statement about what behaviours we expect and demand. We will use your words of hope as an inspiration for our next steps as an industry and a movement.
  • CREATE a vision of an alternative world in which women really get to shape their own reality: as artists, as leaders, as lovers. ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD [deadline 5th December] invites you to help shape this world through your ideas.
  • READ news articles, projects and events. We will bring together as many news articles, events, resources and contacts as we can.

We each have our individual experiences and responses to #MeToo. We hope you’ll join us in imagining collectively what change could and should look like.

The Quines