Diversity isn't the question. It's the answer.
Since 2012, five annual Women in View On Screen reports on employment in Canadian media have documented the lack of diversity onscreen and behind the camera. You’d never guess from industry statistics that 51% of our population is female; one in five Canadians is a racialized minority; and Indigenous people are the fastest-growing population group in Canada, with close to half the Indigenous population younger than 24 years of age.
It’s time to create media by and about who we really
are – a population that includes women of every race, culture, age, region, language, disability and sexual orientation. As filmmaker Aisling Chin-Yee stated in a recent interview, “We are not the problem. We are the solution to your problem.
MediaPLUS+ is intended for people working in every part of the media who believe change is imperative, and who want to be part of that change. This booklet is designed to open up the discussion, to help all of us “nudge” each other, along the entire production chain, into expanding our horizons, one purposeful decision at a time.
Over the past two years, we’ve spoken with people from
St. John’s to Victoria, hearing about overt discrimination and abuse, as well as the everyday, unconscious bias that still marginalizes women at every level of production. We don’t claim to have all the answers here, but we hope this discussion will continue so we can find answers together.
Women in View
Join the conversation
Throughout 2018, Women in View will be hosting workshops and conversations about gender equity and diversity across Canada. Go to mediapluscanada.ca/events to find out the one nearest to you - or ask for help in organizing one of your own.