AceShowbiz - Emma Watson has joined nearly 200 British female celebrities in starting a new campaign called the Justice and Equality Fund, which is inspired by the Time's Up and #MeToo movements in America. In addition, she has donated $1.4 million to the fund.
Watson was among many famous actresses, including Keira Knightley, Claire Foy and Emilia Clarke, who signed a powerful open letter published in the Observer. The letter called for an end to sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment and beyond.
"This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone," so the letter read. "In the very near pas, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke;an unavoidable awkward part of being a girl or a woman."
In the letter, it was also stated that the fund would support organizations and projects across three themes. The first theme is "advice, support and signposting," which will work to "make sure people know their rights and can access good quality support for local and national issues." The second theme is "legal and policy work," while the third one is "advocacy and prevention."
Shortly after the open letter was published online, Watson took to her Twitter account to promote the fund, posting a short clip. "Time's Up is time's up to sexual harassment, bullying, abuse and the lack of presentation and equality," she said in the clip. "My big passion in all of this has been to make sure that this is a global movement. This about women standing shoulder to shoulder across whole places because we know that this is happening everywhere."
We are bringing it home to the UK! @timesupnow18 Februari 2018
The Hermione Granger depicter has been vocal about the sexual harassment issues. For instance, she told Entertainment Tonight at the 2018 Golden Globes that the Time's Up movement was "unprecedented." She said, "I think that there's just been this incredible breakthrough on this, and women are talking to one another and we're forming communities, and we feel so strong together."