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February 23, 2010

Magdalena de Suecia, Sarah Ferguson y Geena Davis, por la igualdad de género

Todas para una y una para todas. Ha sido el lema de estas tres mujeres que junto a diferentes organizaciones y fundaciones en pro de la mujer han defendido en Naciones Unidas la igualdad de género. La princesa Magdalena, la Duquesa de York y la actriz Geena Davis han reclamado la importancia de la educación en niños y niñas para evitar la discriminación y la violencia contra las mujeres en este encuentro que se celebró ayer en la sede de la organización bajo el nombre Compromiso filantrópico para promover la igualdad de género y la concesión de poderes a las mujeres. Read More…

February 23, 2010

USC Annenberg Study Shows Recent Top Films Lack Females on Screen and Behind Camera

A recent study of the 100 top-grossing films of 2007 by the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism found that females continue to be a large minority both on the screen and behind the camera. However, when women are decision-makers behind the scenes, the number of female characters in a film increases. The research, led by communication professor Stacy L. Smith and her team, showed that only 29.9 percent of the 4,379 speaking characters identified in the films were female, while 83 percent of all directors, writers and producers were male. Read More…

February 22, 2010

Academy-Award Winning Actress Addresses Press Conference on Gender Equality

Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of non-profit organization Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, addresses a press conference on “Engaging philanthropy to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment”, at UN Headquarters. View Photo…

February 22, 2010

Geena Davis Targets Male-Dominated Children’s Entertainment

Six years ago, Geena Davis starting watching children’s TV and videos with her then two-year-old daughter. Davis thought she’d find cute, educational fare; instead she found a disturbing gender imbalance. Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and commissioned studies concerning children’s programming. (Today, she’ll give a closing keynote address at a United Nations event about gender equality and women’s empowerment.) The statistics in the SMH piece are startling. Read More…

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…

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