Let Us In! A Forum on Sexism in Politics

Date: October 3, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre
Where: Vancouver

Earlier this year, local activist Trish Kelly ended her campaign for Vancouver Parks Board when a video of a sex-positive monologue she performed in 2000 inspired critics to question her suitability as a candidate. This Friday Oct 3rd, Trish will lead an event called Let Us In! A forum on sexism and politics. The discussion will explore the question, How does systemic sexism discourage or prevent women from taking leadership roles and entering public life? The event is at 6:30PM at SFU Harbour Centre. WAM!mers myself Natalie and Jarrah will be enthusiastically womaning a table at the event, engaging participants on the issue and live-tweeting their advice to journalists on how not to be sexist in their coverage of city politics and the upcoming municipal election. Ways you can be involved:

  • Attend the talk* The event appears to be ‘sold out’, but there is a waitlist and there will likely be no-shows. Click here to get on that list.
  • Come to the venue and engage at the WAM! table  There will be lots of great conversations happening outside the actual forum, so come on down, drop your knowledge, and participate in our social media campaign. We will be capturing (via tweet pics) your advice to journalists on how not to be sexist this election season.
  • Join the conversation on twitter through #vanpoli #vanpoli is the hashtag used by journalists and politicians to discuss news and political affairs in Vancouver. We plan on co-opting that hashtag for the evening, with all of our advice to journalists on how not to be sexist in their election coverage. Follow #vanpoli on Friday night and weigh in!
Another great way to participate is to attend our follow-up Monday Media Mutiny event on Oct 6th – we will be hosting our own ‘forum’ on this issue, with a specific focus on sexist media coverage. We will compile and deliver a list of dos and don’ts for journalists in Vancouver, in the lead up to the election. More specific info on that event to follow.
If you already have a ticket to this event, please be sure to stop by at our table! If not, we hope you can still participate in this important conversation through the other channels above.
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