Global Symposium New York
September 23, 2011 • Scandinavia House in New York
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and the Global Partnerships forum hosted the First Global Symposium on Gender in Media. xNearly 200 distinguished guests attended the event to hear opening remarks from Academy Award® winning actor Geena Davis; Patricia Harrison, president & CEO of CPB; Amir Dossal, CEO of Global Partnerships Forum; and Madeline Di Nonno, executive director of the Institute.
“Two objectives drove us to convene this symposium. One, to officially launch a Global Gender in Media Advisory Council and the second was to identify partners to co-fund a global study that will examine gender prevalence and how our children perceive portrayals of women and girls in children's entertainment. I believe in research as a tool to change minds, facts dispel myths and misconceptions,” said Geena Davis.
The event included a Global Television and a Global Filmmaker panel, both of which focused on the challenges and opportunities for dramatically changing the cultural landscape for media images of girls and women in television and film. The Global Television panel was moderated by Dr. Dafna Lemish, professor of radio and TV, Southern Illinois University, and included presenters Karen Barnes, senior vice president of programming & development, HIT; Dr. Maya Goetz, head of IZI, Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation; Myung Kang-Huneke, chief of staff & general counsel, Sesame Workshop; and Diana Manson, executive vice president of creative & content development, Chorion. The Global Filmmaker panel was moderated by Orlando Bagwell of the FORD Foundation and included presenters Maro Chermayeff, executive producer, Half the Sky; Ramona Diaz, filmmaker, The Learning; Abigail Disney, filmmaker, Women, War & Peace; and Dr. Stacy Smith, associate professor, USC School of Communications & Journalism.
"Women and girls are stepping forward as equals and leaders around the world, in places and ways that once seemed unattainable. It's time for media to tell those stories, and the extraordinary women and men gathered for this symposium are on the front lines of making it happen," said Patricia Harrison, president & CEO of CPB.
The role of media in impacting positive social change in gender stereotypes and female representation was one of the central issues addressed by panelists and audience members from Hollywood, commercial and public media, NGOs, and policy groups. The Institute is known for its Gender in Media Symposium. However, this Friday’s event was the first Global symposium of its kind and comes on the heels of the newly minted Women and Girls Lead campaign from ITVS. The multiyear initiative is designed to focus, educate, and connect audiences worldwide on issues of women’s empowerment through film.
About Women and Girls Lead
Women and Girls Lead is a multi-year public media initiative in support of the issues facing women and girls. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media, and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls as leaders, expanding understanding of gender equity and engaging an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.
By building a pipeline of some 50 public television documentaries and integrating content from partners across radio, commercial television, and beyond, Women and Girls Lead offers another model for public media in serving its mission in the 21st century, sustaining productive dialogue about and participation in the most critical issues facing local communities, the nation, and the world.
About the Global Partnerships Forum
The Global Partnerships Forum (GPF) is a unique, nonprofit platform bringing together international experts from the public and private sectors to address the Millennium Development Goals through mutually beneficial partnerships. GFP works closely with the United Nations System and other global institutions to engage stage and non-stage actors with Invest in People.
We believe that the diverse and challenging issues facing us today, from sustainable growth to the fight against HIV/AIDS, to enduring access to clean drinking water, are far too complex for any one sector to confront alone. Using the rigor and expertise of markets, the policy leadership of the public sector, and the delivery mechanisms of civil society, multi-stakeholder partnerships can provide innovative and system changing solutions.