Actors and activists have also collaborated this weekend to support the UK Justice and Equality Fund, a new body that will provide a network of expert advice, support and advocacy organisations across the UK. An initial £1m donation from Emma Watson, followed by early generous financial gifts from actors such as Tom Hiddleston, mean the fund will be able to make workplaces safer and fairer, they hope, and ensure that anyone subjected to harassment and abuse can access professional support to seek justice.
Watson said: “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.
“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 fund, which went live this morning, will be managed by Rosa – the UK-wide fund for women and girls. Donations can be made at the GoFundMe page gofundme.com/justice-and-equality-fund).
Full article at The Guardian