Female-led Time’s Up is now an international movement!
Actress Emma Watson came forward and donated around $1.4 million (£1 million) to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which is a British organization aiming to raise £1 million to “end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity” and in order to “create the far-reaching personal, social, legal and policy changes that will ensure everyone can feel safe at work, at play and at home.”
Watson told The Guardian, “It’s easy to dismiss harassment and abuse as being caused by ‘one or two really, really bad men’ but the UK statistics point to a much bigger and more structural problem. This issue is systemic, as opposed to individual, one-off events.”
She went on to say, “More than half of all women, and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24, say they have experienced sexual harassment at work. One in five women in England and Wales have experienced some type of sexual assault after the age of 16. This should not be tolerated and cannot and should not be our norm. We can do better than this.”
The actress’ donation comes at the very same time as an open letter which is signed by total 190 British and Irish actresses, calling for the change in order to end sexual harassment or assault in the workplace.
The letter which is being signed by stars including Watson, Rebel Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson, and Kate Winslet, reads, “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.”
The letter continued, “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.”
The very same message was heard at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday, where the actresses dressed up in black in order to show their support of female-led Time’s Up movement, which is similar to Hollywood’s blackout at the 2018 Golden Globes Awards.