The Time's Up Movement Has Gone Worldwide — And Emma Watson Is Helping Lead The Charge

How she's kicking things off in the U.K.

The movement has officially gone worldwide. After Hollywood declared Time's Up in regards to sexual harassment and general inequality in the entertainment industry at the start of 2018, a similar initiative has now popped up in the U.K. and is being backed by many powerful women there — including the likes of Emma Watson.

Ahead of the BAFTAs this past weekend, an article appeared in The Guardian announcing the Justice and Equality Fund (similar to that which appeared in The New York Times announcing the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund), which was signed by A-list women and activists alike. The piece hits many of the same points made by its predecessor here in the U.S., calling for women and men to come together to create change because "there is no question that Time's Up should be and will be a global movement."

"All of us are responsible for creating change, whatever industry you work in. We're asking everyone to help create a world we can be proud of — one that is safe, just, and equal," the 27-year-old wrote on Instagram, with a call to donate to the GoFundMe. "Together we can spread our message, support the strong people of all genders who are taking such personal risks, and make sure that this is one of those watershed moments in history where things never go back to the way they were before. This is the moment we stand together and say #TIMESUP. We hope you'll stand with us."

While unable to attend the BAFTAs due to filming obligations elsewhere, Watson supported the women who did go — with celebrities wearing black on the red carpet and bringing activists as their dates (as was the case at the Golden Globes last month, too). The Beauty and the Beast star shared a photo highlighting these women and a video in which she explained what this movement means to her.

"My big passion in this has been to make sure that this is a global movement. This is about women standing shoulder-to-shoulder — women and men — across all workplaces because we know that this is happening everywhere," Watson said in the Instagram video. "We are a really important part of it, we are an integral part of it, and we need to make sure that our voices are uplifted and heard too. And that the positive changes that we've seen happening here in the States are also happening elsewhere in the industry. This is what this moment is about, this is truly something that affects everyone."

According to the Justice and Equality's GoFundMe, Watson also made quite the sizable donation to the tune of £1 million — or about $1.4 million here in the U.S. — to get the ball rolling.

It's no surprise that Watson is using her platform to help spawn change — after all, she has been outspoken many times before. Whether it be addressing her status as a White feminist, explaining why she thinks gender-less awards are so important, or speaking out about why people should get out and vote, Watson never shies away from a moment to inspire others.

(H/T: E! Online)

Cover image via Danny Moloshok / Reuters

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