Actors' Unions SAG-AFTRA and FIA Call for End to Sexual Harassment

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Gabrielle Carteris (left), Ferne Downey

FIA president Ferne Downey says the Harvey Weinstein scandal reveals problems "all too familiar to women — and men — in our industry."

Actors' unions from 60 countries, including the U.S., have issued a declaration calling for an end to sexual harassment in the workplace.

SAG-AFTRA and the International Federation of Actors (FIA) led the call to the media and entertainment industries in the wake of the sexual harassment and assault allegations leveled against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. "The scandal involving Harvey Weinstein revealed problems that were all too familiar to women — and men — in our industry," FIA president Ferne Downey said Thursday in a statement.

The FIA declaration, authored and sponsored by the American performers union SAG-AFTRA, calls for a "safe and harassment-free working environment" in the media and entertainment worlds, and that the industry and unions and performer organizations work towards "discrimination, harassment and retaliation-free work environments."

The declaration also applauds performers "that have spoken out in recent days about their experiences of sexual harassment and discrimination in the entertainment and media industry, despite the real risks of confronting the perpetrator of that harassment or discrimination."

The declaration was unveiled during the FIA executive committee meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, on behalf of 87 affiliated unions and performer organizations representing actors and performing artists in over 60 countries.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris in her own statement said "sexual harassment and abuse is pervasive across nations, and we are committed to working with our fellow FIA members to develop and implement educational and informational materials and best practices in this area."