Justice and Equality Fund

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Raised by 490 people in 18 months
The figures are staggering. Half of all women have experienced sexual harassment at work.* Nearly one in five women has suffered sexual assault.** We are not talking about a few bad apples. We are waking up to the full scale of systemic abuse based on gender and power - abuse that hurts us all.

Like all big problems, it needs big, bold solutions. 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.

The Fund supports organisations and projects across three themes:

1. Advice, support and signposting: work to make sure people know their rights and can access good quality support for local and national issues. We want a society where everyone knows their rights and can access support to claim them.

2. Legal and policy work: support game-changing legal cases that can help improve laws and policies and create a safer future for us all.

3. Advocacy and prevention: create campaigns and alliances that protect women’s rights, promote equality and ensure safe environments.

Who are we?

Inspired by the phenomenal campaigners of #metoo, TIME’S UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movement and others, a group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the sexual harassment, assault and discrimination that persists across all industries and sections of society - from media and politics to business and transport.

Who manages the fund?

The Justice and Equality Fund is overseen and managed by Rosa, the UK’s leading women’s fund. The Fund’s grant-making opened in spring 2018 and addresses priority needs, especially those of people in low paid, part-time and freelance employment, and those who face intersecting disadvantages related to their race, age, class, immigration status, disability or sexuality.

Thank you for supporting this movement with your donation and for spreading the word to others. Together we can create a just, safe and equitable society free from sexual harassment and violence.

Rosa fund can collect 25% Gift Aid on donations from UK taxpayers, please tick the appropriate box when making your donation.

The need is great, so we'll continue to raise our goal as the campaign continues.

The maximum donation we can accept online through GoFundMe is £50,000. If you'd like to donate more than £50,000 OR want to donate by cheque or wire transfer, please see below:

Donations by cheque: Please make cheques (minimum £5,000) out to: Rosa Fund and post to: The Rosa Fund, 4th Floor, United House, North Road, London N7 9PD. Please send your cheque with a short note stating that the donation is intended for the Justice and Equality Fund. To donate less than £5,000, please click the red Donate Now button above to donate online.

Wire transfer: To send a wire transfer (minimum £5,000), please contact Rosa for wire transfer steps at info@rosauk.org using "Justice and Equality Fund" as the exact email subject line. To donate less than £5,000, please click the red Donate Now button above to donate online.

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Register an interest in applying for grants or offering pro bono legal services, please email info@justiceequalityfund.org.

*Research in the UK in 2016 found that more than half of all women and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24 said they have experienced sexual harassment at work. Sexual harassment is also more prevalent for women in precarious forms of work such as zero hours contracts and agency work. (TUC and Everyday Sexism survey)

**20% of women and 4% of men in England and Wales have experienced some type of sexual assault since the age of 16, equivalent to 3.4 million female victims and 631,000 male victims (Office for National Statistics, February 2018).

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The Justice and Equality Fund announces grants to five women’s groups to end sexual harassment and abuse in the UK

The pioneering Justice and Equality Fund managed by Rosa and supported by TIME’S UP UK, awards five new grants to women’s organisations on International Women’s Day

The Fund is backed by film industry professionals including Andrea Riseborough, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and many more

Friday 8th March 2019, London UK: On International Women’s Day, Rosa – the UK’s only fund for women and girls, and TIME’S UP UK announce the latest tranche of grants awarded from the Justice and Equality Fund. Five women’s groups have been awarded £463,825 to address sexual harassment and abuse in the UK.

The new grants bring the total funding distributed to women in the UK to £1.77 million, with further announcements to be made.

The five women’s organisations receiving funding are:

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) were awarded £99,294 and are focused on tackling sexual misconduct and harassment in universities.
The Birmingham Rape and Sexual Violence Project were awarded £64,612 and are working in partnership with West Midlands Police and other community groups to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence among the workforce to improve outcomes for all survivors of sexual violence seeking criminal justice.

The Good Night Out Campaign were awarded £99,944 and will support the night time economy to better understand, respond to and prevent sexual harassment in London and Birmingham’s nightlife, focussed on the LGBTQI communities and supporting through training, policy and community advocacy.
The Latin American Women’s Rights Service was awarded £99,995 for working in partnership with two grassroots unions representing migrant women workers in precarious employment to increase their capacity to prevent and respond to sexual harassment.

The Women’s Resource and Development Agency were granted £99,980 and will work in partnership with a network of women’s organisations in Northern Ireland to challenge sexism and misogyny.
Lucila Granada, director at the Latin American Women’s Rights Service, said:

“No one should suffer sexual harassment or abuse in their workplace or community, which is why we are delighted to have been funded by the Justice and Equality Fund. We will work with IWGB and UVW, two powerful grassroots unions, to enable their members to speak up against sexual harassment at work. This grant will help us drive long term change and tackle the issues that migrant women in precarious employment have for too long faced.”

The Justice and Equality Fund was launched in February 2018 by a group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry coming together to challenge the culture of sexual harassment, assault and discrimination that persists across all industries and sections of society.

Andrea Riseborough, acclaimed British actor, producer, and initial donor to the Justice and Equality Fund said;

“For too long women and girls have faced barriers, from harassment and abuse at work to lack of representation in senior roles. The Justice and Equality Fund throws a spotlight on the issues that have previously been dismissed or ignored and challenges all workplaces and communities to ensure no woman is left behind.

“This Fund is directly supporting women to call out the challenges they face, to arm them with the tools they need to tackle sexism, harassment and abuse, and to support them to reach their full potential, so that together we can create a more balanced society.

“We have the power and responsibility as storytellers to tell more balanced stories and that is why the industry needs to be more representative. That is why today I am announcing my commitment to the #4PercentChallenge – a commitment to work with a female director in the next 18 months, as only 4% of the top studio films are currently directed by women.”

Samantha Rennie, executive director at Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, said:

“The Justice and Equality Fund was born of a desire to stamp out the culture of abuse and impunity around sexual harassment and abuse that has existed in our workplaces and communities.

The organisations we’re supporting today are preventing future harassment and abuse from taking place by raising awareness, supporting women to call out and challenge behaviour and working in partnership with allies to make work and social spaces better for all of us. It takes courage to stand up against injustice and the Justice and Equality Fund donors have done just that by showing solidarity through their generous gifts.”
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We are so delighted to say that, today, the Justice and Equality Fund, supported by TIME’S UP UK, launches new grants programmes aimed at tackling the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity. Grants of up to £200,000 will be available to organisations that provide emotional and practical support to people who have experienced sexual harassment, particularly in the workplace.

Rosa, the UK-wide Fund for Women and Girls, which manages the Justice and Equality Fund, has opened two new programmes:

The Advice and Support programme will invest up to £1 million in total for work in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to increase access to support, signposting and expert legal advice for people who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse. Rosa is also welcoming applications from specialist organisations providing emotional support to survivors.

The Changing the Conversation programme will offer development grants to eligible organisations to develop a strategic communications network that aims to build the capacity of organisations already working to raise awareness of the impact of harassment and abuse, challenge the current culture of impunity and to prevent both from happening in the first instance.

Thank you all for donating, sharing and championing this cause. Because of you we will be able to start supporting severely under funded organisations that work with people who have been affected by sexual harassment and continue working towards wider systemic change.

There is still plenty of work to do and we still need to reach our £2 million target (please keep spreading the word!) but we are so excited to get started and to be working with the women's sector and women from the entertainment industry to end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity.

Find out more about the kind of initiatives and organisations we'll be working with http://www.rosauk.org/how-to-apply/justice-and-equality-fund-2/
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We are so grateful for the support we have received from women and men all over the UK who are using their voices to stand in solidarity with people everywhere who are working to end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity.

The response to the Justice and Equality Fund has been fantastic but we still have a way to go. Keep spreading the word because we can only do this with your help!
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A sincere thank you to all of you that have supported the launch of the Justice and Equality Fund. Together, we’ve raised nearly £2,000,000 so far - a truly incredible start!

This is a huge moment in the fight against inequality, harassment, abuse and impunity in the UK. Millions of viewers watched actors and activists stand in solidarity on the red carpet at the BAFTAs and say ‘Time’s Up’.

In a further gesture of joint female protest, hundreds of women in entertainment – including Amma Asante, Carey Mulligan, Claire Foy, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jodie Whittaker, Kate Winslet, Letitia Wright, Noma Dumezweni, Naomie Harris, Sophie Okonedo, Saoirse Ronan – united with leading activists and service providers to write two letters calling for an end to the tolerance of sexual harassment, violence, abuse and discrimination in the entertainment sector and across society. Read what they had to say here http://bit.ly/2GnCc2C

Many of those signing the letter represent UK organisations that have spent decades supporting survivors, and who are at the forefront of creating change. Sadly these organisations are often chronically underfunded and struggling to meet demand.

That’s why we need your help to spread the word about the Justice and Equality Fund and to encourage others to donate. The more money raised, the greater the change!

As a further show of support, please consider sharing this GoFundMe page with your networks: https://www.gofundme.com/Justice-and-Equality-Fund

In unity and with thanks,

The Justice and Equality Fund team

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