Emma Watson is continuing her work helping victims of sexual harassment and discrimination by making a $1.4 million donation to a start-up anti-sexual harassment initiative.
The Harry Potter actress made a pledge to donate the hefty sum to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which was launched on Sunday ̶ the same day as the BAFTAs.
Like at the Golden Globes, female stars at the British award ceremony committed to wearing black and brought activists as their plus one.
Reports say the black-themed dress code will also be carried over to the EE-sponsored award ceremony that will be held in the London’s Royal Albert Hall.
On its GoFundMe page, the British equivalent to the US’s Time’s Up movement says that it was “inspired by phenomenal campaigners of of #metoo, TIME’S UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movement and others”.
“[A] group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the sexual harassment, assault and discrimination that persists across all industries and sections of society - from media and politics to business and transport,” the page reads.
In an open letter published in The Observer Watson described how the movement surrounding equality and sexual harassment was bigger than a change in the entertainment industry alone.
“This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power. In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable awkward part of being a girl or a woman.
"It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed. 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,” Watson said.
Other celebrities and stars that have pledged their support to the new fund include Tom Hiddleston, Keira Knightley, Sophie Okonedo, Carey Mulligan, Naomie Harris and Claire Foy.