Emma Watson, one of the stars of the Harry Potter film franchise has donated £1m to a campaign which is aimed at helping those who have been affected by harassment.
Her donation comes after over 200 female celebrities from Britain and Ireland signed an open letter in which they called for the end of sexual harassment at work.
The letter, which was published in the observer, was signed by Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley, amongst a list of other famous names.
‘Solidarity and unity’
The female stars who attended the Bafta Awards ceremony in London wore black dresses on the red carpet in solidarity with the movement.
The move was meant as a show of support for the women’s movement in Hollywood, Time’s Up. Time’s Up was launched after the allegations which came out from a number of high-profile women about the actions of Harvey Weinstein.
Watson is one of the first people to donate to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which has also launched a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign has been launched to find funds to pay for a new advice network for women.
The women who have signed the letter have set up the fun, along with a group of 160 people, who include charity workers, activists and academics. They says that the network will help allow victims to get access to support as well as justice.
Tom Hiddleston and Keira Knightley have contributed £10,000 each towards the fund, while stars of Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, as well as Noomi Rapae and Tamsin Greig have all donated £1,000.
The letter said that the Bafta Awards ceremony in London was the time for women to ‘celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement international, saying: ‘This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone.’
It adds that: ‘This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power.’
Other women who have signed the letter include:
Other signatories include:
- Lily James
- Claire Foy
- Florence Pugh
- Gemma Chan
- Noma Dumezweni
- Naomie Harris
- Saoirse Ronan
- Gemma Arterton
- Carey Mulligan
- Sophie Okonedo
- Andrea Riseborough
The letter speaks of ‘the very near past’, stating that sexual harassment was ‘unavoidable’ and often used as an uncomfortable joke, while it became an awkward part of existing as a female.
It speaks about how the subject was taboo, meaning that it was never discussed, never mind addressed. It also calls for 2018 to be the year that this changes, saying: ‘If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone.’
The decision to wear black at the Baftas came after women in Hollywood wore black on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year.
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