LAST_UPDATESun, 18 Mar 2018 11am

Actress Emma Watson Donates Over US$1.4 Million To Fight Sexual Harassment

LONDON -- British actress Emma Watson has donated one million pounds (over US$ 1.4 million) to the Justice and Equality Fund for a crowdfunding anti-sexual harassment campaign, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The Justice and Equality Fund was created by some 200 women in the British entertainment industry and activists to help women fight against sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse in all areas of work.

"It's Time's Up for sexual harassment, bullying, abuse and the lack of representation and equality," said Watson in a video posted on her Twitter account on Monday.

Watson was joined by fellow film stars Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Tom Hiddleston in donating to the initiative.

Hollywood-based Time's Up movement has called for an end to harassment following the outbreak of sexual abuse allegations against famous film producer Harvey Weinstein last year.

With a funding goal of 2 million pounds (US$2.8 million), the initiative has raised more than 1.5 million pounds (US$2.1 million) since it was launched four days ago.

The donation came as a majority of the some 200 who signed an open letter published Saturday in the British daily The Guardian, calling on the public to donate to the fund.

"Everyone can make a difference by using your platform, your voice and your power as a change maker," the letter said.

Actresses who signed the letter wore black at the British Academy Film Awards (Bafta) ceremony on Sunday to show support for Time's Up following a similar move by American stars at the Golden Globe Awards in January to raise awareness of gender inequality.