President of Time's Up group announces her resignation

Lisa Borders is leaving the anti-harassment movement for family reasons

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, then WNBA president Lisa Borders addresses media members before Game 1 of the WNBA basketball finals between the Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics in Seattle. Borders, former president of the WNBA, who was named the head of Time's Up last year, says she has resigned as president and CEO of Time's Up, the gender equality initiative formed in 2018 in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood. Borders says in statement Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, that she is stepping aside "with deep regret" due to family issues. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
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The president and chief executive of Time's Up, a group dedicated to fighting sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace, has resigned in order to focus on undisclosed family concerns, Time's Up said on Monday.

"It is with deep regret that I must resign from Time's Up to address family concerns that require my singular focus," Lisa Borders said in a statement.

Chief operating officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim chief executive while Time's Up searches for a replacement, the group said.

Time's Up formed in the autumn of 2017 amid a wave of  media reports in the United States about sexual assault and harassment accusations against rich and powerful men in the media, show business and politics, such as producer Harvey Weinstein.

It shot to prominence during the televised Academy Awards ceremony in March 2018, when celebrities wore Time's Up pins and awards presenters promoted the cause.

The hashtags #TimesUp and the previously existing #MeToo have been have been used to galvanise activism around women's rights on social media.

Time's Up has formed a legal defence fund to help those who have suffered sexual harassment and retaliation and has partnered with other groups to promote education about workplace rights.