Emma Watson has donated $1 million to a sexual harassment victims fund


Watson is one of the first donors to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for a new advice network.

The justice and equality fund was announced in an open letter supporting the US Time's Up movement, signed by around 200 women, including actresses Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan.

Watson worked with him in 2011 when she starred in his film "My week with Marilyn". "If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone", the letter reads, commending the global trend of moving forward with sexual assault allegations and the #METOO campaign.

"In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable, awkward part of being a girl or a woman", the letter published in The Observer newspaper says.

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'.

"We believe we need to use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us", the letter says.

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"We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world". This issue is systemic, as opposed to individual, one-off events.

Emma Watson, famous for her role in the Harry Potter films and unrelenting political activism especially when it comes to feminism, donated $1.4 million to a British fund which will support women facing abuse in the workplace.

Tonight, Andrea Riseboroughn Gemma Arterton, Naomie Harris, Gemma Chan and Tessa Thompson will be joined by activists "to show solidarity with people across all industries who have experienced inequality and abuse".

Some of Britain's biggest stars will be joined on the red carpet ahead of the Baftas by activists, including Laura Bates who founded the award-winning Everyday Sexism project.

A second letter signed by activists, academics and service providers welcomes the involvement of the stars.

The fund has also amassed hundreds of thousands of pounds in anonymous donations. "I love flamboyance and our industry and I want to celebrate it".