Emma Watson has helped launch a free workplace sexual harassment advice helpline.
The actress, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and activist, has joined forces with Time’s Up UK, Rosa and Rights of Women to launch the helpline, with the aim of helping women get the right advice and support in the face of workplace sexual harassment.
The aim of the advice line is to help plug a gap in the availability of legal advice. Watson said it is “completely staggering” that the free helpline for women in England and Wales is the only service of its type.
The helpline is funded entirely by public donations, including Watson, and is backed by Time’s Up UK’s justice and equality fund, and managed by Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls.
The advice line will be manned by Rights of Women, a charity which works to help women through the law.
Speaking to The Guardian, Watson said, “Understanding what your rights are, how you can assert them and the choices you have if you’ve experienced harassment is such a vital part of creating safe workplaces for everyone, and this advice line is such a huge development in ensuring that all women are supported, wherever we work.”
The advice line number is 0207 490 0152. The line is currently open on Mondays from 6pm and 8pm; and on Tuesdays from 5pm and 7pm, although more opening hours will be released shortly.