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Cannes 2018: 82 women converge at the red carpet demanding equal rights

82 women came to protest on the Cannes red carpet on Saturday Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team Cannes, France May 14, 2018, 04.50 PM (IST)

Cannes film festival experienced something different this year as women were seen protesting regarding their status in the movie industry that needs to be improved to prevent sexual harassment. The protest was part of the ongoing global Times Up movement.

The protest witnessed 82 women lead by Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart and was attended by the likes of Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda, Nandita Das, Ava Duvernay, Marion Cottilard and Patty Jenkins among others. The women were all prominent actors, filmmakers who were representing various countries at the festival. 

Blanchett spoke about equality and stated how male filmmakers outnumber their female counterparts in award nominations.  

Rasika Duggal, who is presently in Cannes for the premiere of her film Manto, lent support to the Time is Up event at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.“There are very few times when you are part of a historical moment and you know it. This was one of those. It was a very emotional experience holding hands and walking in solidarity with 82 women at Cannes. Not much was said but yet many of us were moved to tears. The unspoken regard and understanding and solidarity for the challenges we have all had to face to be here was so so powerful. It was my first time at the Palais de festivals red carpet at the Cannes film festival and I shared that moment with Salma Hayek, Patty Jenkins, Nandita Das and so many other women. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction. Cate Blanchett's powerful speech just made me feel more than ever how important this is. I mean we know there is rampant gender discrimination and we face it every day (in so so many small things)  It was her first time at the Palais de festivals red carpet at the Cannes film festival and she shared that moment with Salma Hayek, Patty Jenkins, Nandita Das and so many other women.

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After the iconic protest that took place on Saturday, France's Minister of Culture, Francoise Nyssen, said on Sunday, that few women work in movie-related fields in her country and they make less money than men. She also said many women become victims of discrimination, harassment, and violence.