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Here's the latest on the Institute and Geena Davis.

February 22, 2010

No place for women, even for preschoolers

Geena Davis is an Oscar winner, Mensa member, lingerie model, Swedish speaker and Olympic archer, not to mention star of the upcoming Australian film Accidents Happen. For her next trick, the mother of three is redressing the gender imbalance in the movies. It all started six years ago, when Davis’s daughter Alizeh was a toddler. “When she was about two I started watching G-rated videos and little kids’ preschool programming,” Davis told the Herald. Read More…

February 22, 2010

Watch Geena Davis Speak at the United Nations

On February 22, 2010, Geena Davis delivered the closing keynote address during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) special event: "Engaging Philanthropy to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment."

About this Special Event

On February 22, 2010, Academy Award-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis will deliver the closing keynote address during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) special event: "Engaging Philanthropy to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment," which is being co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), in collaboration with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).

Ms. Davis is a partner with UNIFEM in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls, to encourage media to present and investigate issues of grave importance to women and to use a "gender" lens when reporting. As the founder of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM) and its programming arm, See Jane, Ms. Davis brings her media expertise to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The event emphasizes the benefit of partnerships between the United Nations organizations, governments, he private sector and civil society, and highlights key examples of what can be accomplished working together. The programme, opened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, feature leaders from the United Nations, global philanthropy, and private enterprise speaking on the crucial role of public/private partnerships in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

As the founder of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM) and its programming arm, See Jane, Ms. Davis is a compelling choice to speak on gender equity and women’s empowerment. The mission of GDIGM is to engage and educate creators of media content for children with the message that stark gender inequities exist in media aimed at children. Davis strongly believes that gender representation matters in children’s media, and that having a fair representation of female characters would play a critical role in advancing gender equity and women’s empowerment.

For additional details on this special event, visit:

http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/phlntrpy/philanthropy10.shtml

February 22, 2010

Geena Davis at the United Nations

On February 22, 2010, Geena Davis delivered the closing keynote address during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) special event: "Engaging Philanthropy to Promote Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment." Click here for Event Details and to Watch Video of Geena Speaking at this event.

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On June 28, 2010, Geena Davis presented key policy outcomes from the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Engaging Philanthropy to Promote Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

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January 18, 2010

With few exceptions, girls on film are still eye candy, study shows

Is Tinker Bell too sexy? Is she prone to fits of jealousy? Is the little pixie unassertive? A recent study shows that the film industry is still stuck on portraying females as eye candy and that women continue to be depicted in negative images and stereotypes. The study, commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, also found that women are vastly underrepresented in films. Read More…

January 15, 2010

UNIFEM partners with Geena Davis

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) welcomes Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis as a partner in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls, to encourage media to present and investigate issues of grave importance to women and to use a “gender” lens when reporting. As the founder of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM) and its programming arm, See Jane, Ms. Davis brings her media expertise to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

November 16, 2009

Geena Davis Head to Detroit on Behalf of the White House Project

Geena Davis is one of the best loved actresses, but it seems its time to spend more time being a full-time mother to her three children. The star has kept her acting work to a minimum. She has devoted herself to the children and Reza Jarrahy her husband of nine years. Davis may have put her acting on the back burner; however she is continuing her political activism. Read More…

November 10, 2009

Nonprofit helps women gain power

Saunteel Jenkins was a political long shot — an insider’s pick who had never been a TV star or Motown singer — when she announced her intention to run for Detroit City Council. But in May, she took her three-minute stump speech to a one-day boot camp for women interested in politics and, at the end of the day, she walked out with a new speech and a sense of confidence that wore well on the long campaign trail. Next week, she and actress Geena Davis will meet at the Motown Mansion, at a fundraiser for a nonprofit group that sponsored the camp that helped polish Jenkins’ political skills. Read More…

November 04, 2009

The Women’s Foundation of California honors Geena Davis

The Women’s Foundation of California is honoring Actor and Founder of See Jane Geena Davis at its 30th anniversary luncheon on Friday, November 13 at the Fairmont San Francisco. The Foundation has been raising critical funding for women and girls since 1979. Honorary Chair First Lady of San Francisco Jennifer Siebel Newsom and 500 of the Bay Area’s most influential business, nonprofit and government leaders will gather to celebrate the Foundation. Read More…

November 03, 2009

Add Women, Change Michigan event features Geena Davis

Actress Geena Davis and founder Marie Wilson will be featured guests at “Add Women, Change Michigan,” an event to support The White House Project held Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at The Motown Mansion, 918 West Boston Blvd. in Detroit. Academy Award-winner Geena Davis continues to be one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. Read More…

October 27, 2009

Geena Davis at The Women’s Conference 2009

At The Women’s Conference 2009, Geena Davis delivered one of the opening keynote addresses and also participated in one of the afternoon breakout sessions.

Video courtesy of The Women’s Conference © 2009

Click to watch Geena Davis in the afternoon breakout session Women Who Use Their Voices to Change the World.

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