Sunday 22 April 2018

Activists accompany stars at the Golden Globes red carpet

They attended as part of the Time’s Up initiative, launched to end sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace.

Meryl Streep, from left, Ai-jen Poo, Natalie Portman, Tarana Burke, Michelle Williams, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, and Saru Jayaraman arrive at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Meryl Streep, from left, Ai-jen Poo, Natalie Portman, Tarana Burke, Michelle Williams, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, and Saru Jayaraman arrive at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Stars at the Golden Globes took along activists as guests – to shine a spotlight on issues of gender and racial justice instead of fashion –  on the red carpet.

Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Susan Sarandon, Emma Watson, Laura Dern and Michelle Williams, who wore black, were among the actresses who were accompanied by advocates in a “show of support for victims of sexual harassment and assault”.

They attended as part of the Time’s Up initiative, launched to end sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace.

The activists released a statement saying that they were attending to help “shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions”, adding: “We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work.”

They added: “This past year was a powerful one in the fight for gender equity and against sexual violence against women… There is still much work to do, and many hands required to do it.

“We want to encourage all women – from those who live in the shadows to those who live in the spotlight, from all walks of life, and across generations – to continue to step forward and know that they will be supported when they do.”

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Tarana Burke, left, and Michelle Williams arrive at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Tarana Burke, guest of Michelle Williams

A gender and racial justice advocate,  Burke founded the “me too” movement in 2006 to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault, with the phrase taking off in 2017 in  response to the Hollywood sexual assault scandal.

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Marai Larasi, left, and Emma Watson (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Marai Larasi, guest of Emma Watson

Larasi is the executive director of Imkaan (UK), a black-feminist organisation working to end violence against black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls. She is also co-chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition.

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Rosa Clemente and Susan Sarandon (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Rosa Clemente, guest of Susan Sarandon

Clemente is an organiser, political commentator and journalist. She is a leading scholar on issues of Afro-Latinx identity.  She ran for vice-president of the US in 2008 on the Green Party ticket.

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Meryl Streep, left, and Ai-jen Poo (Jordan Strauss/AP)

Ai-jen Poo, guest of Meryl Streep

The activist is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign and has been working with immigrant women workers for over two decades.

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Monica Ramirez, left, and Laura Dern arrive at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Monica Ramirez, guest of Laura Dern

As the co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, a farmworker women’s organisation in the US, Ramirez works with farmworker, Latina and immigrant women as an attorney, organiser and advocate.

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Calina Lawrence, guest of Shailene Woodley

Lawrence campaigns to end racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, violence against women and children, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education and mainstream media, climate injustice and other causes.

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Amy Poehler, left, and Saru Jayaraman (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Saru Jayaraman, guest of Amy Poehler

Jayaraman co-founded Restaurant Opportunities Centres (ROC) in New York after 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Centre workers, organising those who work in restaurants to win workplace justice campaigns.

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Emma Stone and Billie Jean King (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Billie Jean King, guest of Emma Stone

Tennis legend Billie Jean King, the US former world number one, is also the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the co-founder of World TeamTennis. She founded the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Women’s Tennis Association. Stone plays the tennis star in the film Battle Of The Sexes, for which she was nominated for a gong.

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