A group of Australian celebrities has launched a not-for-profit organisation to end industrial and systemic sexual harassment in the workplace.
NOW was formed after journalist Tracey Spicer put out a call in October last year for people to share their #MeToo stories.
Spicer was contacted by more than 1500 people from across a range of industries.
She has been joined by more than 30 Australian celebrity ambassadors including singer-songwriter Missy Higgins and actress Deborah Mailman in launching NOW.
“We want to help those in Australia’s lowest paid workplaces. At the moment, many simply don’t have a voice,” Spicer said.
“Women of colour, those with a disability, and LGBTI people are particularly vulnerable.”
According to a recent survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in two women and one in four men have been sexually harassed in their lifetime.
A crowdfunding campaign has been set up appealing to the public to raise $250,000 for NOW to connect survivors to counselling and legal support.
Spicer said the organisation would also fund research and education programs, and work with government and industries to develop solutions.
“It’s the place people can have that crucial first conversation about what they’re going through,” she said.
“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.”