Emma Watson donates $1.4 million to anti-harassment campaign

Emma Watson has made a massive donation to assist the ever-growing movement which aims to quell the rise in sexual harassment. 

Last week, almost 200 world famous actresses signed an open letter, published in The Observer, which supported the ‘Time’s Up movement campaigning against sexism and inequality‘.

The paper outlined that ‘190 British and Irish actors – including Carey Mulligan, Kate Winslet, Claire Foy, Noma Dumezweni, Emma Thompson, Jodie Whittaker, Sophie Okonedo, Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan‘ signed the letter, which detailed the plans to unite and fight.

While we know women are disproportionately affected by this abuse, we also know there are men in our industry and others that have been subjected to harassment and abuse as part of this system of patriarchal power. And they too have been silenced.

So, what is our industry’s role in promoting a vision of an equal society? We believe it is huge. We believe we need to use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us. We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world.

In the aftermath, Emma Watson has become one of the first donors to the UK Justice and Equality Fund. The organisation recently set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds and awareness, in the hope of establishing a new advice network for women.

Other celebrities who have donated to the cause include Tom Hiddleson and Kiera Knightley, who both donated £10,000, as well as Jodie Whittaker, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tamsin Greig and Noomi Rapace.

Watson shared the information on her Instagram page, which read:

“All of us are responsible for creating change, whatever industry you work in. We’re asking everyone to help create a world we can be proud of—one that is safe, just and equal. Please join us and donate to the new Justice and Equality Fund, which will support frontline organisations that are working to end a culture where harassment and abuse are commonplace,” she wrote. “Together we can spread our message, support the strong people of all genders who are taking such personal risks, and make sure that this is one of those watershed moments in history where things never go back to the way they were before. This is the moment we stand together and say. #TIMESUP.”

Colin J McCracken

Colin J McCracken is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the online platform, content and presence of the project.

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