February 18, 2018

Emma Watson donates £1m to the UK Justice and Equality Fund and explains why



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

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really hope this doesn't become a thread where criticism (eg she can afford it, it's as a tax dodge, why only for females etc etc)is the norm.

She is making a donation of £1 million to a cause close to her heart, in the hope of making a difference.

Surely worthy of celebration.

jud stef said...

I'm proud of Emma, ​​she believes in this

Anonymous said...

i want to know where this charity originates. can't seem to find a link.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Can someone explain to me how this 'charity' intends to spend money on preventing harassment in the work place? Surely that is the governments job to legislate?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

What is money going to do to help this type of cause. I'm not criticizing I'm just saying that there is no monetary value
Rather money can help feeding programs for children in need and helping the underserved for instance

Andrea Bianchi said...

Do you know that bringing people in court costs money right?

Anonymous said...

what evidence do you have for that stan?

Anonymous said...

she can write off this donation as tax loads of celebs do this

Anonymous said...

Can we all see the charity's Accounts in 15 months to see where this money has gone. Now that really would be interesting

Rolinda said...

Activism and social work groups require money to go on. Thats pretty basic knowledge, i believe.
Generally all the intermediary steps leading up to the outcome-like that of lesser harrassment, esp., workplace harrassment requires funds-to access resources, meetings with authorities, travel cost, cost to hire professionals for help for harrassment, setting up prevention and counselling acess, etc, etc..


Giancarlo said...

So true