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Emma Watson helps launch workplace harassment advice line


Emma Watson, actor and activist, recently helped launch a free legal advice line for women in England and Wales experiencing sexual harassment at work. Photo: Supplied

Emma Watson, actor and activist, is urging women to understand their rights, with the launch of a free legal advice line on 5 August for women in England and Wales experiencing sexual harassment at work. The helpline, by Rights of Women, a non-profit organization helping women through the law, is funded by TIME’S UP UK’s Justice and Equality Fund, a movement against sexual harassment, and is managed by Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls.

According to the Trade Union Congress, one in two women have experienced sexual harassment at work. The aim of the advice line, started by donations from Watson and others, is to help improve the availability of legal advice so women can get the right help they need to hold their employer and harasser to account. The purpose is to empower women to exercise their legal rights in the workplace.


Emma hopes for more prevention and accountability Watson says it’s staggering to think that this is the only service of its type, given that research has found as many as one in two women experience sexual harassment in the workplace. She says it finally feels like people are realising the scale of the problem a