ACTRESS Emma Watson urged women to know their rights as she launched a legal advice line for those sexually harassed at work.
The free number — 020 7490 01152 — supports victims in dealing with employers and harassers.
Emma Watson urged women to know their rights as she launched a legal advice line for those sexually harassed at work[/caption]
Harry Potter star Emma, an activist for the Time’s Up UK movement, said: “Understanding what your rights are, how you can assert them, and the choices you have is such a vital part of creating safe workplaces for everyone. This advice line is such a huge development in ensuring that all women are supported, wherever we work.”
Pointing to research that found up to half of women workers have been harassed, she added: “It finally feels people are realising the scale of the problem.”
Emma, 29, is reported to have donated £1million to kickstart the public-funded advice line.
It is backed by the Time’s Up UK Justice and Equality Fund, and managed by the UK Fund for Women and Girls.
Advice is provided by charity Rights of Women. Senior legal officer Deeba Syed said it would allow women to “make informed choices about next steps, including how to navigate the legal system with confidence.”
She said: “This advice line’s purpose is to empower women to exercise their legal rights in the workplace.
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“We know that complaints of sexual harassment at work are still frequently responded to in a gendered manner that is negative, undermining or can lead to victimisation.
“That is why Rights of Women will also work towards dismantling the underlying structural problems that puts the burden on victims and makes it difficult for women to come forward through its policy work.”
Time’s UP UK chairman Dame Heather Rabbatts welcomed the scheme as a move to help vulnerable women who urgently need legal advice and information.
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