Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Victoria recently launched ‘Time’s Up: A Forum for Change’.
To be held on 26 February at Arts Centre Melbourne, the event will aim to educate and empower women and men in creative industries to address sexual harassment.
The panel will include journalists Anjali Rao and Tracey Spicer AM, who is spearheading an investigation into sexual harassment in the Australian media.
They will be joined by film and TV producer Sue Maslin, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton, Moores Legal principal Catherine Brooks, and Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance regional director Adam Portelli.
WIFT board member Diana Fisk (pictured above), who is one of the organisers, told Lawyers Weekly the aim of the event is to empower women and men to identify and deal with sexual harassment.
“We recognise that there are a number of conversations going on surrounding the issue of sexual harassment at the moment,” Ms Fisk said.
“What we have been hearing from individuals is the need for an event to empower all genders with information on how to spot harassment, where to get help, and what we can all do to help be a part of this much-needed change.
“There will be discussions surrounding big-picture action such as policy and industry changes, however this [event] will be very focused on individuals and increasing awareness of what exactly the issue is.
“We have hit a really important time with the emergence of the #metoo and #timesup campaigns. It’s important now to make the most of the long-overdue attention on this issue and use that engagement to make the shift from discussions to action.”
Tickets to the event are $5, with all proceeds to be donated to the Women’s Legal Service Victoria.
“The Women’s Legal Service in Victoria do really important work with all women, but in particular disadvantaged women on issues surrounding relationship breakdowns and/or violence,” Ms Fisk said.
“We are addressing harassment within the creative industries with our event but acknowledge that this problem runs deep, and we sincerely hope this is going to create a shift that flows on to other areas of inequality and powerlessness.”
She added that the event is not just aimed at women or creative professionals, but will be relevant to people across all industries, including the law.
“We encourage and invite all genders and all industries to this event,” she said.
“This is not just an issue for women and it is not just an issue within the screen industry. The information discussed during the panel will be useful for anyone that would like to understand sexual harassment further.”
‘Time’s Up: A Forum for Change’ will be held at 6.30pm on Monday, 26 February, at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Pictured above: WIFT board member Diana Fisk