Emma Watson's £1 million for victims of harassment

Ruben Ruiz
February 19, 2018

Nearly 200 British and Irish women involved in the film industry have signed an open letter to support the UK Justice Equality Fund. The BBC reports that Watson donated £1 million (roughly $1,404,553) to the Justice and Equality Fund, which is dedicated to "challeng [ing] the sexual harassment, assault and discrimination that persists across all industries and sections of society". It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed.

Time's Up and other movements hope to make a change for good on a broad scale - not just in the entertainment industry.

They joined the likes of double Oscar-winner Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris and Jodie Whittaker as the campaign gained momentum on Saturday, weeks after a letter was first understood to be circulated among members of the British film industry.

The move follows the "Time's Up" demonstration at the Golden Globes in Hollywood, in which stars wore black on the red carpet in protest at the Harvey Weinstein abuse allegations.

The description on the page explains that the fund will be overseen and managed by leading United Kingdom women's fund Rosa, and will address what it refers to as "priority needs" like people in low paid, part-time and freelance employment and 'those who face intersecting disadvantages related to their race, age, class, immigration status, disability or sexuality'.

It stated 2018 is the year for change and progress is long overdue.

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"We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world".

Emma Watson is standing up for people affected by sexual harassment by throwing her support behind a new initiative in the UK.

Emma and her cohorts wrote an open letter in support of the Time's Up movement, signed by almost two hundred women including Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Thompson, Kristin Scott Thomas among others. "We know that many women are subjected to abuse, which is not only about sex and gender, but also about factors such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, disability, age, and more; and we know that this compounds the marginalization that women have to face".

The letter was published on the eve of Sunday's 71st Annual British Academy Film Awards, which the group saw as an opportunity to "celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement global". 160 academics, activists and charity workers have added their name too.

It reads: 'For each woman in the entertainment industry who has spoken out, there are thousands of women whose stories go unheard.These are not isolated incidents.

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