Emma Watson Donates £1 Million To Victims Of Sexual Abuse
Actress Emma Watson has made a £1 million ($1.4 million) donation to the Justice and Equality Fund, a new fund aiming to provide support for people affected by sexual harassment.
The 27-year-old Harry Potter star is worth a whopping £39m ($54.7m), according to last year's Sunday Times Rich List. She was also among the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has come under fire after being accused of rape and sexual harassment by countless female stars.
Watson worked with him in 2011 when she starred in his film My Week With Marilyn, and photos from the time show the then-19-year-old looking uncomfortable in his presence - including one image of a young Watson leaving a London nightclub as Weinstein grabbed her from behind.
After the allegations against the film producer surfaced, Watson took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with them, writing: "I stand with all the women who have been sexually harassed, and am awestruck by their bravery. This mistreatment of women has to stop."
She has also in recent years become a leading figure in the global fight for gender equality, having been made Women Goodwill Ambassador for the UN in 2014.
The Go Fund Me page for the Justice and Equality Fund states: "We have created the Justice and Equality Fund, 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.
"Together we can end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity."
The description on the page explains that the fund will be overseen and managed by leading UK women's fund Rosa, and will address what it refers to as 'priority needs' like people in low paid, part-time and freelance employment and 'those who face intersecting disadvantages related to their race, age, class, immigration status, disability or sexuality.'
It also explains that the fund will support organisations and projects across three themes: advice, support and signposting; legal and policy work; and advocacy and prevention.
Along with Watson's sizeable contribution, other stars listed as donors include Tom Hiddleston and Keira Knightley, who both gave £10,000 ($14,000).
Emma Thompson donated £500 ($700), while £1,000 ($1,400) was also donated each by Dr Who star Jodie Whittaker, Lionsgate CEO ZygiKamasa, British actress Tamsin Greig,The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo actress NoomiRapace and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in the critically-acclaimed 'San Junipero' episode of Black Mirror.
The fund has also amassed hundreds of thousands of pounds in anonymous donations.
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