MCN signs #TimesUpAdvertising letter against sexual harassment
Staff at the Middle East Communications Network’s Dubai HQ marked the global initiative #TimesUpAdvertising on March 29, by signing on the movement’s letter – which has also been endorsed by a large number of advertising leaders and industry staff around the globe.
More than 250 MCN staff signed the initiative – on display in the MCN HQ lobby in Dubai.
Ghassan Harfouche, group CEO of MCN had called on all staff to support the global movement: “We have a great opportunity to stand up and be counted in support of the #TimesUpAdvertising initiative globally. The mission of this initiative is to drive new policies, practices, decisions and tangible actions that result in more balanced, diverse and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe cultures within our agencies.”
The initiative, which was endorsed by the leadership of all IPG agencies globally, was initiated across the network by women in leadership – but supported by both women and likeminded men.
The letter from #TimesUpAdvertising that MCN staff signed says: “Hey, Sisters, we know.
“At the end of January, a small group of us came together to talk about what was going on in the industry and in our offices and what we could do about it. That long night turned into more meetups and phone calls, and hundreds of emails. Many hundreds of emails. Along the way we have grown from 14 women to 200. …
“As women in senior leadership positions in advertising, we’ve agreed that we have the power to change this business we love until it looks more like the industry we want to lead.
“As leaders, it’s on us to foster a workplace where people are challenged but still respected.
“Sexual harassment is not OK. Never. No exceptions. No amount of talent, missed cues, or being great in the room unchecks the No Sexual Harassment box. …
“As we build on the determination of the women and like-minded men in our industry and the agencies who have stepped forward, we’re stepping forward too.”
Sign of the times: MCN staff put their names to the initiative