Business, Government and Civil Society Leaders Support Scaling-Up for Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Development; Actor and Advocate Geena Davis Highlights Importance of WEPs in Tackling Unconscious Bias
New York ,NY, March 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Over 300 participants from business, Government, civil society and the UN who gathered for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event, Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality, concluded the annual meeting by making an historic call to companies and Governments everywhere to scale up efforts to achieve gender equality, advance economic prosperity and realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking at today’s WEPs event, Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actor and Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, remarked: “Media images are an incredibly powerful force in shaping how women are viewed and their value to society. The worlds that Hollywood is creating are in many cases bereft of female presence .”
She continued, “If we can change what the future looks like on screen, we can change what the future looks like in real life. We need the WEPs, we need to have conscious choices we can make and absolute clear steps we can take to mitigate and conquer unconscious bias.” Continue reading