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March 7, 2013
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  Gender In Media 
  • Half the Sky Movement arrives on Facebook
    Facebook has launched a game based on the work of authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn aimed at raising awareness of female empowerment issues. Players navigate challenges for women and girls in developing countries during Half the Sky Movement: The Game, and receive prompts to donate to real-world causes and information on the issues. The Guardian (London) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 women journalists win IWMF grants for digital media use
    The International Women's Media Foundation has selected three female journalists to receive grants to support their innovative work in the use of digital media. The Oakland Projects founder Susie Cagle, co-founder of News Deeply Lara Setrakian and The Urban Thinker founder Kelly Virella will each receive $20,000 grants and coaching from digital media experts. IWMF.org (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Stopping violence against women is aim of UN talks
    The United Nations Commission on Status of Women met this week to craft solutions to "all forms of violence against women and girls." Recent high-profile incidents of rape and murder underscore the importance of finding ways to improve safety and ensure gender equality, Jessica Mack writes. The Guardian (London) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PBS Kids touts math in It All Adds Up
    PBS Kids is hoping to boost early math and literacy skills among children ages 2-8 in low-income families with the launch of the It All Adds Up effort. The initiative includes a PBS Parents Play & Learn App for iOS and Android devices, and other applications, activities and games. KidScreen (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UNESCO launches Women Make the News initiative
    In advance of United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture's Global Forum on Media and Gender (tentatively slated for Nov. 27 to 29 in India), UNESCO will launch, on International Women’s Day on Friday, the Women Make the News initiative under the theme "Towards a Global Alliance on Media and Gender." WMN is a global initiative aimed at fixing global attention on an issue relating to gender equality in and through the media, driving debate and encouraging action-oriented solutions. Read the release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Documentary makers build online community to drive release
    The producers of the documentary film "Girl Rising" eschewed costly traditional promotion and distribution methods and turned instead to social media to build buzz. Their social efforts garnered 245,000 fans on Facebook and led to 22,000 reserved tickets. The film will show in 850 theaters next week, many booked through the website Gathr.com with a tool that allows users to book a theater if a certain number of friends also agree to purchase tickets. The Daily Beast (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media News 
  • Davis criticizes MacFarlane's Oscar performance
    Geena Davis criticized Seth McFarlane’s recent stint as host of the Oscars. “It's a shame that that triumph ... was enveloped in an awards ceremony containing disrespect for women," Davis said of the Oscar win for "Brave," which features a strong lead female character. "But it helps illustrate how tone-deaf we can still be regarding the status of women," Davis added. E! Online (3/4), DigitalSpy.com (U.K.) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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About Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Six years ago, while watching children's entertainment with her young daughter, Academy Award winner Geena Davis noticed a remarkable imbalance in the ratio of male to female characters. From that small starting point, Davis commissioned the largest research study ever undertaken on gender in children's entertainment. The research showed that in the top-grossing G-rated films, there were three male characters for every one female - a statistic that still has not improved. The Institute is the leading resource for gender in media research, trends and education for the entertainment industry and the public. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and See Jane are a project of Community Partners.
 
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See Jane is a program of the Institute that utilizes research, education and advocacy to engage the entertainment industry and recognize the need for gender balance and varied portrayals of females and male characters into movies, TV, and other media aimed at children 11 and under. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with entertainment creators to encourage them to be leaders in creating positive change.
 
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