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Emma Watson donate £1M to sexual harassment fund

Emma Watson donate £1M to sexual harassment fund

Watson's donation comes at the same time as an open letter, signed by nearly 200 British and Irish actors, calling for an end to sexual harassment in the workplace.

Former "Harry Potter" star Watson has given the fund 1 million pounds ($1.4 million), according to its page on the Go Fund Me website.

The letter, which follows the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, says the British film and TV industry has a "huge" role in promoting a "vision of an equal society".

'It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed.

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas and Kate Winslet are the latest Hollywood actors to sign an open letter standing with the Time's Up movement in calling for an end to harassment, abuse, and impunity in a world "ripe for change".

Managed by Rosa, the UK Justice and Equality Fund aims to make workplaces safe for all and ensure anyone subjected to harassment and abuse is able to access support. Another focus will be on legal and policy work, which will "support game-changing legal cases that can help improve laws and policies and create a safer future for us all". "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.




This also comes ahead of the Bafta Awards this Sunday where the signatories of the letter intend to wear black dresses as a sign of solidarity and support to the protest in America during the Golden Globes.

Watson said, "It's easy to dismiss harassment and abuse as being caused by "one or two really, really bad men" but the United Kingdom statistics point to a much bigger and more structural problem".

"We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world". Over $2 million has been raised for the fund thus far.

It reads: "As we approach the Baftas - our industry's time for celebration and acknowledgment, we hope we can celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement worldwide".

Watson's large financial commitment was joined by donations from other notable entertainers like Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley.

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". The open letter, which also features activists and charity workers, contains almost 200 signatures.


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