Emma Watson Just Donated $1.4 Million to the British Equivalent of Time's Up

Keira Knightley also pledged her support.

Emma Watson has donated over a million dollars to support people affected by sexual harrassment
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Emma Watson is standing up for people affected by sexual harassment by throwing her support behind a new initiative in the UK. The Justice and Equality Fund (opens in new tab) has just launched, and Watson has already pledged $1.4 million to the campaign.

According to the organization's GoFundMe page (opens in new tab), the new fund was "inspired by the phenomenal campaigners of #metoo, TIME'S UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movement and others." Over $2 million dollars has already been raised, and the fund's focus is to "challenge the sexual harassment, assault and discrimination that persists across all industries and sections of society."

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Much like Time's Up, the British initiative launched with an open letter from over 200 women in the movie industry being published in The Observer (opens in new tab).

The letter reads:

"It's easy to dismiss harassment and abuse as being caused by 'one or two really, really bad men' but the UK statistics point to a much bigger and more structural problem... More than half of all women, and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24, say they have experienced sexual harassment at work... This should not be tolerated and cannot and should not be our norm. We can do better than this."

Other stars pledging their support to the fund include Keira Knightley, Tom Hiddleston, Claire Foy, Sophie Okonedo, Naomie Harris, and Carey Mulligan.

The new fund has launched on the same day as the BAFTAs (opens in new tab), at which several female stars are walking the red carpet with activists as their plus ones. Female stars have also committed to wearing black at the event, along with Time's Up pins, to showcase their support for the growing global movement that is counteracting sexual harassment in every industry.

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Amy Mackelden
Amy Mackelden

Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.