What does our advisory committee do?
Equal Press wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support and participation of our amazing advisory committee! Every couple of months, we gather together with our Gender Equality Network of Canada (GENC) leaders and our advisory committee to get updates from GENC, discuss Equal Press project progress, and get feedback on our ongoing work. This group of extraordinary women come with expertise in a wide range of areas. We have the privilege of getting insight from journalists, journalism professors, violence prevention advocates, and experts in law and gender!
Our latest meeting
Our most recent meeting was last week on May 3rd. We enjoyed some brunch together (provided by the fantastic Potluck Catering) and got to work!
First, our GENC leaders briefed us on the latest conference in Saskatoon, and gave encouraging updates about the work that’s being done across Canada to advance gender equality and promote systemic change. Then, staff shared some exciting news from related initiatives:
- Level Up, a feminist organization that has successfully campaigned for the two largest press governing bodies in the UK to publish guidelines on reporting domestic violence deaths.
- The Gender Gap Tracker, developed by Informed Opinions and SFU, which measures the ratio of female to male sources quoted in online news coverage across Canada’s most influential national news outlets. The initiative relies on the public use the data in encouraging news outlets to start tracking the gender of their sources in pursuit of more democratic public conversations.
We spent the rest of our time reviewing our draft resources for guidelines for journalists reporting on gender-based violence. Right now, Equal Press is working hard on our backgrounders – tip sheets that include special considerations when reporting on people with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+, indigenous people, and immigrants and refugees who have experienced gender-based violence. We are consulting with experts to ensure that our materials will accurately educate journalists and journalism students who are looking for guidance in reporting on these marginalized groups.
Our Equal Press Advisory Committee Members:
- Misha Dhillon (Ending Violence Association of BC)
- Tanya Beja (Global News)
- Peg Fong (Langara Journalism)
- Hannah Lee (BC Society of Transition Houses)
- Charmaine de Silva (News 1130)
Our Equal Press GENC Leaders:
- Joan Andersen (Independent Contractor)
- Gisela Ruebsaat (Legal Analyst/Consultant)
- Ayesha Chaudhry (Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, UBC)
Our advisory committee continues to give us a lot of great feedback and actively challenges us to think outside the box. We are so grateful for their time, energy, and hard work to help us finish off the last year Equal Press well!