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Emma Donates £1 million to Anti-Harassment Fund

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Emma Watson has donated £1 million to the UK Justice and Equality Fund that aims to provide advice and support to those subjected to harassment and abuse. Also this weekend, Emma was one of 190 British and Irish actors who signed an open letter speaking out on sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse, first published in the Observer and included below.

 


 

Dear Sisters,

A little over a month ago Time’s Up was launched. You might have read a public letter in the New York Times. You may have noticed women wearing black on the red carpet. You might have seen women coming forward to share their stories of harassment. Maybe you identified with some of the stories these women shared.

Maybe you found yourself nodding as you recalled similar moments in your own life.

All over the world, women have been organising, resisting and speaking out – from Ni Nunca Más in Latin America and the #lifeinleggings movement in the Caribbean, to the Balance Ton Porc movement in France and the #EverydaySexism hashtag in the UK. You might have seen #MeToo. You may have said: “Me too.”
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In autumn of last year, when stories came out in the press about sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse in the entertainment industry, 700,000 female farm workers wrote to us to say they stood with us in solidarity. Their letter explained that they knew what we were going through, that they stood shoulder to shoulder with us in our pain and in our belief that a better world was possible. This solidarity between women – activists and survivors – across all industries is what inspired Time’s Up and what continues to galvanise us. This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone. This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power.

Here in the UK, this movement is at a critical juncture. The gender pay gap for women in their 20s is now five times greater than it was six years ago. Research in the UK has found that more than half of all women said they have experienced sexual harassment at work. A growing reliance on freelance work forces creates power relationships which are conducive to harassment and abuse. Those engaged in insecure contract work are especially vulnerable to exploitation.

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.

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.

There is no question that Time’s Up should be and will be a global movement. A movement that is defined and led by those affected by the problem, not by those in power.

As we approach the Baftas – our industry’s time for celebration and acknowledgment, we hope we can celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement international. Perhaps Time’s Up seems a million miles away to you – started by a group of women with privilege. The truth is, we are all workers, and whether we’re in the limelight or in the shadows, our voices matter. With our collective power, we can galvanize others.

In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable, awkward part of being a girl or a woman. It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed. In 2018, we seem to have woken up in a world ripe for change. If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone.

This moment has already raised a staggering $21m for an American Time’s Up legal defence fund. But women all over the world need support and funding in order to be able to fight injustice. The revolution we want and need cannot happen without this resourcing.

So, we invite you to join us in donating to the new UK justice and equality fund, to spread the word to others and be a catalyst for change. Everyone can make a difference by using your platform, your voice and your power as a changemaker.

Finally, we are talking to each other, talking to our employers, our unions, our male allies and challenging our perpetrators and their enablers. Where there was isolation and silence in the film industry there is now connection and voice. Where there was internalisation and self-blame, there is now self-analysis and interrogation. We are connecting and partnering with our fellow workers, women and men, in a truly transformational way. Such unity has been inspirational for all of us. We want you to be part of this.

If you have said “time’s up”, if the stories you have read in the papers have resonated and distressed you – join us in shifting the dial. Let’s make 2018 the year that time was up on sexual harassment and abuse. This is your moment too.

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Emma announces new anti-bullying and harassment guidelines

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Emma Watson announced a new set of principles and zero-tolerance guidelines to combat bullying and harassment in the entertainment industry. The principles were developed by over 20 organizations including the British Film Institute, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Equity.

Emma at “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Emma went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Wednesday, and afterwards met the cast backstage, including Noma Dumezweni (Hermione), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy). Emma posted her thoughts of the play on her facebook page.

“Yesterday I went to see the Cursed Child. I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift. Meeting Noma and seeing her on stage was like meeting my older self and have her tell me everything was going to be alright, which as you can imagine was immensely comforting (and emotional)! The cast and crew welcomed me like I was family and Noma was everything I could ever hope she would be. She’s wonderful. The music is beautiful… I could go on…”

 

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July Calendar Vote

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Time to choose our July calendar.

Remember, you only get to vote one time. Do not vote multiple times from different emails, and do not ask your friends to come and vote on your calendar. Let’s keep the competition fair.

 

To vote with a google account

Just sign in to your google account then go here to view the calendars and rate them with 1 to 5 stars. No more trying to choose one favourite, opening multiple windows, or having to write your choices in an email. If you don’t have a google account, you can still vote the old way below.

 

To vote without a google account.

  1. View the calendars here. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger preview image. Take your time, make sure you scroll all the way to the end and check out all the calendars.
  2. Choose your favourite 5 calendars, and write down their numbers in order, from best to 5th place. You don’t have to choose 5, you can vote for just one if you like, but you can vote for 5.
  3. Send your vote in an email to emmawatson.contest@gmail.com .

Voting is open through July 1, 00:00 GMT.

Emma Attends Screening of True Cost Documentary

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Emma Watson and executive-producer Livia Firth hosted the London screening of The True Cost on Tuesday evening. The documentary film looks at the fashion industry and its impact on people and the environment.

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Emma with Andrew Morgan (director), Colin Firth, Livia Firth, Patrick Dempsey and Erin O’Connor.

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Emma in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ Sketch

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Emma Watson appeared in a Comic Relief comedy sketch for Red Nose Day on Friday. The Vicar of Dibley sketch saw the return of Dawn French in the title role. Also appearing were Jennifer Saunders, Maureen Lipman, Annette Crosbie, Ruth Jones and Fiona Bruce. A clip from the sketch can be seen below.

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Emma at PFW Valentino show and Vogue Foundation Gala

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Emma Watson attended the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday…

 

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…and later the Vogue Paris Foundation Gala.

 

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Emma Appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
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UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of British Actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador.

Best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, the accomplished actress, humanitarian, and recent graduate of Ivy League institution Brown University, will dedicate her efforts as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.

“We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women,” stated Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women. “The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century, and I am convinced that Emma’s intellect and passion will enable UN Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally,” added Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Ms. Watson has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years, and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts.

“Being asked to serve as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling. The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role,” said Ms. Watson.

Ms. Watson is the first Goodwill Ambassador appointment under Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s leadership.

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Emma at Paris Fashion Week 2014

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Emma Watson attended several events at Paris Fashion Week on Monday.

 

At the Christian Dior show, with Jennifer Lawrence.

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The Giambattista Valli show, with Derek Blasberg

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and afterwards a Dior dinner party

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Congratulations Emma!

Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Graduate

Emma Watson has graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature.

Congratulations Emma!