Emma Watson is something of a do-gooder: she shops sustainably, she is a proud feminist and is even a UN Women Goodwill ambassador. So as if we all needed another reason to love her and what she stands for, she made it easy and handed us one more.
According to HuffPost, the actor and activist recently donated $1.4 million to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to create a safe and inclusive environment for all people, following the publication of a “Dear Sisters” open letter. Published in The Guardian, HuffPost says the letter was “signed by some 200 women in the British entertainment industry and called on people everywhere to stand in solidarity with Hollywood’s Times Up initiative to fight sexual harassment and inequality. ”
The letter, which served as a “curtain fundraiser for an activist night at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards,” kicked off a similar night of all-black attire and Time’s Up pins similar to what’s been seen in the U.S., says HuffPost.
As for Watson, she explained to The Guardian that the issue of sexual harassment isn’t isolated; rather, it is indicative of a much larger trend.
“It’s easy to dismiss harassment and abuse as being caused by ‘one or two … bad men,’ but the UK statistics point to a much bigger and more structural problem. The issue is systemic.”
It is systemic, indeed — and #TimesUp on perpetuating that system.