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Emma Watson Donates $1.4 Million to #TimesUp Mirror Fund

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Actress Emma Watson arrives for the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Season Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 6. (Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 12:39 PM

Actress Emma Watson donated $1.4 million to a fund assisting victims of sexual harassment that mirrors the #TimesUp movement in a show of solidarity for Sunday's BAFTA awards.

The "Harry Potter" actress donated to the new Justice and Equality Fund that will provide support and advocacy projects in the United Kingdom for victims of sexual harassment, the Daily Mail reported, and she expressed her support for the #TimesUp movement in a video Sunday that had been viewed five million times on Instagram.

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Time's Up is a movement started by female Hollywood actresses and others last month to address what it called "systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace," and is complemented by a legal defense fund.

The movement is an extension of #MeToo, a social media movement in which women told their stories of alleged sexual harassment and abuse after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged by numerous actresses last fall of sexual harassment and abuse, CNN reported.

"@TIMESUP We are bringing it home to the UK," Watson wrote in the Instagram caption to her video. "Link in my bio to donate to the UK Justice and Equality fund."

Watson was responding to the new fund and an open letter published in The Guardian signed by more than 200 actresses addressing harassment and pay equality issues.

"Here in the UK, this movement is at a critical juncture," The Guardian letter stated. "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," the letter continued.

Activists were accompanied by movie stars at the BAFTAs, echoing what happened at the Golden Globe Awards last month in a statement against sexual harassment, the Daily Mail said. Watson said in the video that work kept her from attending Sunday's awards program.

The GoFundMe page dedicated to raising funds for the UK Justice and Equality Fund had more than $2 million pledged to it as of Monday.

"Like all big problems, it needs big, bold solutions," said a statement on the GoFundMe page. "We have created the Justice and Equality Fund, to create the far-reaching personal, social, legal and policy changes that will ensure everyone can feel safe at work, at play and at home. Together we can end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity."

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