#Fierce Voices: Ignite, Young Women Making Media at SFU's Wosk Centre tomorrow

In mainstream news coverage, media representation of women has historically underrepresented, misrepresented, or singularly defined women by their family status.

Feminism has received an equally reductive treatment, often presented or discussed as a monolithic dogma or group of people, instead of as the complex of nuanced philosophies, politics and practices that it truly is. We need ongoing analysis of the ways in which women and women's issues are framed, but also the proliferation of women's voices in both mainstream and alternative venues.

The consequence of the reductive treatment of women and feminism in mainstream discourse is that women who choose to have a voice in media can be subjected to the very real threats of trolling, doxxing, and stalking—making the prospect of participating in public discussions about feminism, or indeed any other topic that directly addresses the experiences of a marginalized group, all the more daunting and alienating.

Or, as CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt's case proves, women participating in media spaces are harassed and verbally attacked solely on the basis of their identity.

So creating inclusive (and safe) spaces online and otherwise is crucial. Having marginalized and alternative voices representing stories about their own lives, experiences, and struggles is vital to creating diverse and accountable public dialogue. 

This is why Women Transforming Cities is partnering with Rabble.ca on a series of events to evaluate our local media, offer workshops to build women’s media-making capacity, and give space to all types of self-identifying women who are already claiming space for young women, and all the identities and perspectives that make us. 

The series is called Fierce Voices, and the next installment is a free event at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue titled: #Fierce Voices: Ignite, Young Women Making Media on May 23. The event is aimed at all self-identifying women between the ages of 15-30, and their allies, to listen to the experiences of young women who are already using a multitude of media platforms to share their stories and perspectives. There is a plethora of ways to use media as expression or resistance, whether it includes blogging, journalism, music, documentary film-making, or slam poetry—all of which will be represented by the speakers and performers on May 23.

Attendees can expect to see:

Christie Lee Charles, also known as Miss Christie Lee, a Musqueam/Tseilwahtuth rap artist

Romila Barryman, of Textbook

Anne Theriault, of The Belle Jar Blog

Kathryn Lennon, slam poetry and spoken word artist

Kim Villagante, also known as the musician and artist K!MMORTAL

Performances by local LGBTQ+ activist group, Youth for a Change, and more.

Our hope is that those in attendance will be inspired to put themselves out there (maybe submit an op-ed or two, start a blog, or record a podcast!) or that allies will find ways to share media spaces that have been historically privileged to them. #FierceVoices aims to shift our local media landscape for the benefit of changing our cities to be better representative of our intersectional needs as young women, or as feminists, because all our fierce voices deserve to be heard.

#Fierce Voices: Ignite, Young Women Making Media 

Saturday, May 23, 1-5 p.m. 

Registration at 12:30 p.m. 

Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 West Hastings) 

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