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Emma Watson donates £1m to help fund for sexual harassment victims

Emma Watson donates £1m to help fund for sexual harassment victims

The fundraising page for the new fund shows Watson, who won fame in the Harry Potter films and is now a UN Women goodwill ambassador, made the opening £1-million donation.

British actress Emma Watson has contributed £1 million to the UK Justice and Equality Fund following the launch of the Time's Up campaign.

Emma and her cohorts wrote an open letter in support of the Time's Up movement, signed by almost two hundred women including Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Thompson, Kristin Scott Thomas among others.

And she's also given the substantial sum to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to offer advice and support to victims of workplace intimidation or inequality.

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.

The letter, which was published in the newspaper, The Observer, spoke on the changing political atmosphere, one where women are no longer willing to tolerate harassment as merely a "part of being a woman or girl".

"This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone", it continues. "It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed", they wrote.

This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power.

"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", it says.

Gemma Arterton, Andrea Riseborough, Gemma Chan, and Tessa Thompson are among the stars who will be accompanied at the Baftas by activist guests in a move mirroring the Golden Globes last month. We are only now waking up to the full scale of systematic abuse, inequity and sexual harassment based on gender and power - abuse that hurts us all.

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. 160 academics, activists and charity workers have added their name too. The fund is backed by hundreds of public figures in the entertainment industry.

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