Actors and activists used the BAFTAs 2018 to call #TimesUp on sexism in the film industry. The activists included the fantastic co-chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Marai Larasi, who accompanied Tessa Thompson to the awards.
The other amazing activists present were Laura Bates of Everyday Sexism who attended with Gemma Chan, the Dagenham Ford workers who led the 1968 walk out Eileen Pullen and Gwen Harris who accompanied Gemma Arterton, the founder of UK Black Pride, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, invited by Andrea Riseborough and the broadcaster writer, Afua Hirsch who was the guest of Naomie Harris.
The occasion was also used to launch the Justice and Equality Fund which has been established to challenge the endemic sexism and harassment faced by women, not only in their workplace but throughout their lives. Donations can be made here through Go Fund Me.
The BAFTAs red carpet was also stormed by Sisters Uncut who were protesting at the government’s domestic violence policies.
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