Australia’s stars of stage and screen have launched the NOW AUSTRALIA campaign to stop sexual harassment in all workplaces.
More than 30 of Australia’s biggest stars joined forces to launch the NOW crowdfunding campaign in March, inspired by #MeToo and #TimesUp. Launch ambassadors included Tina Arena, Deborah Mailman, Missy Higgins, Abby Early, Melinda Schneider, Helen Dallimore, Sarah Blasko, Danielle Cormack, Mahalia Barnes, Michelle Law, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jenny Morris, Clare Bowditch, Candy Bowers, Katie Noonan, Prinnie Stevens and Zindzi Okenyo.
One in two women and one in four men have been sexually harassed in their lifetime, according to recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data.
NOW is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation for people across all industries who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or intimidated. Spearheaded by journalist Tracey Spicer, who has been contacted by more than 1,500 people with #MeToo stories across a range of industries since October 2017.
NOW will connect survivors of workplace sexual harassment and indecent assault with the right counselling and legal support, says Ms Spicer.
“NOW is more than a call for change. It’s the place people can have that crucial first conversation about what they’re going through. By connecting them to the support and advice they need, we’re also providing the strategies to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace for the next generation,” Ms Spicer says.
NOW will fund research and education programs, work with government, business, statutory authorities and the community, legal and health sectors to develop solutions for the future.
Broadcaster and Producer Faustina Agolley describes sexual harassment as the “front window”. “It’s more than that, as well. It opens up a conversation about how do we dismantle discrimination, period?”