Let’s hear your #FierceVoices!
#FierceVoices emerged from a shared desire to see more and stronger women in media, hear more women’s stories, and have more women involved in the tasks of media production. A key piece of that change is the development of on-the-ground skills and capacity- building.
Learn more about the events in the #FierceVoices series below. These events take place on unceded Coast Salish land.
On Wednesday, March 25th, the first #FierceVoices event was held at the Heartwood Community Café – an evening of speakers, glue & glitter, a little bit of running with scissors, and a whole bunch of discussion about claiming space for women and girls in media. This first event in the series looked at critically examining media using an anti-oppressive lens.
Jarrah Hodge is the founder and editor of gender-focus.com, named Best Political Blog and Best Social Justice/Activism Blog in the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards. She has also blogged for Bitch Magazine, the Huffington Post, the Vancouver Observer and The Mary Sue. She is an organizer for Women, Action & The Media (WAM!) Vancouver and a former member of the City of Vancouver Women’s Advisory Committee. You can find her on Twitter @jarrahpenguin.
Jen Sookfong Lee writes, talks on the radio and loves her slow cooker. Jen’s third novel for adults, The Conjoined, will be published by ECW Press in September 2016.A popular radio personality, Jen was the writing columnist for CBC Radio One’s On the Coast and All Points West for three years. She appears regularly as a columnist on The Next Chapter and Definitely Not the Opera, and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. Jen is a member of the writing group SPiN and is represented by the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency. You can learn more about her at sookfong.com.
As our first event focused on critically analyzing the representation of women in media, our second event aims to build capacity for women and girls working/or wanting to work with their own forms of media. It will focus on building skills and sharing tools to engage with. Come out on Thursday, April 30th for another night of speakers and hands-on activities, designed to give women and girls an opportunity to actively share their public voice!
When: Thursday, April 30th, 2015 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Where: South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (6470 Victoria Drive)
Michelle Reid is a Vancouver-based writer and co-publisher the arts & culture quarterly, Sad Mag (www.sadmag.ca). She likes oxford commas, hefty print publications, and the needless insertion of puns into story titles. You can send her tweets @ponymalta.
Robyn Smith is managing editor of The Tyee (www.thetyee.ca). She previously served as The Tyee’s B.C. 2013 elections editor. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism.
#FierceVoices: Ignite! Young Women Making Media, is an event organized by Women Transforming Cities and Rabble.ca to inspire, amplify and celebrate young women’s voices through media. Join us on May 23rd at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue for a FREE afternoon of inspiring speakers and performances. Mingle with like-minded young women at the media fair, hosted by Media Democracy Days, and find ways to get your #FierceVoice heard!
This even is about young women claiming space in media. It focuses on both analyzing representation in media and building capacity for young women to create their own voices and media platforms. The event aims to especially highlight marginalized voices, voices that are silenced in mainstream media.
Look forward to keynotes delivered by Romila Barryman, creator of Textbook, and Anne Theriault, blogger at The Belle Jar; the event opening will be provided by Christie Lee Charles.
Panelists include Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon, poet and spoken word artist and Kim Villagante (K!MMORTAL), multi-dimensional artist: visual arts, singing, emceeing, poetry, and acting.
Sammie Jo Rumbaua will be the event’s MC, on behalf of Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House.
Performances by K!MMORTAL, Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon, and Youth for a Change.
Date: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM to 5 PM (Registration from 12:30 to 1:00PM)
Location: Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Registration: Register on EventBrite
Light food and beverage will be served.
Can’t attend in person? Tune into the webcast of the event starting at 1PM PST.