Emma Watson, famous for her role in the Harry Potter films and unrelenting political activism especially when it comes to feminism, donated $1.4 million to a British fund which will support women facing abuse in the workplace. The fund is backed by hundreds of public figures in the entertainment industry.
Emma and her cohorts wrote an open letter in support of the Time’s Up movement, signed by nearly two hundred women including Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Thompson, Kristin Scott Thomas among others.
The letter is written to the “sisters” of the world and calls for a movement against a culture of abuse exposed by the notorious Hollywood scandals which have rocked the world in recent months, most notably, that of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
Marai- what can I say. You were the best date on the most meaningful red carpet I have ever walked. Thank you for being so darn articulate and fun. Thank you for the trust, care, compassion and solidarity. I am so proud to say I work with #Imkaan and the End Violence Against Women Coalition and to be learning from you. Emma ? @jusmarai
Watson, who is the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, donated the first sum of money to the fund which was, as noted earlier, USD 1.4 million.
Knightley and the British actor, Tom Hiddleston, donated around USD 14,000 and the money is meant for the support of women victimized across all sectors of society. The British fund comes after the announcement of the Time’s Up initiative which was created for a similar purpose.
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.”
It stated 2018 is the year for change and progress is long overdue. Previously, stars wore black to the Golden Globe Awards and the trend continued through the BAFTA.
The awards ceremonies throughout the western world have been characterized by political activists and statements as of late. Most recently, James Franco, one of the men accused of sexual misconduct, as well as Aziz Ansari, skipped the Golden Globes due to allegations.