Actress gives $2m to anti-harassment fund

Actress gives $2m to anti-harassment fund

Actress gives $2m to anti-harassment fund

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.

The letter highlights the gender pay gap, the insecurities of the gig economy and freelance work as well as research which found more than half of women in the United Kingdom have experienced sexual harassment at work.

In a letter published by The Guardianthis weekend, the group says, "This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone".

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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. "This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power". Another focus will be on legal and policy work, which will "support game-changing legal cases that can help improve laws and policies and create a safer future for us all". In 2018, we seem to have woken up in a world ripe for change. "If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone", the letter reads, commending the global trend of moving forward with sexual assault allegations and the #METOO campaign.

"Let's make 2018 the year that time was up on sexual harassment and abuse".

Among the 190 stars to also sign the letter are Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Chan, Keira Knightley and of course Watson herself.

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The letter was published on the eve of Sunday's 71st Annual British Academy Film Awards, which the group saw as an opportunity to "celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement global". In a powerful 2014 speech, she discussed the importance of bringing men and women together in support of these issues: "We want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality".

According to The Observer, Andrea Riseborough will walk into the BAFTA ceremony with trade unionist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, who is also co-founder of UK Black Pride. The open letter, which also features activists and charity workers, contains almost 200 signatures.

The letter concludes: "For each woman in the entertainment industry who has spoken out, there are thousands of women whose stories go unheard...."

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'This is about power and inequality; and it is systemic'.

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