On 26th October, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President spoke on social inclusion, gender equality and diversity at the Sofia Foundation’s Women in Media EU conference in Brussels, in partnership with France 24.
Yentyl’s main message was that more women experts in media can be the vanguard of an evolution to unlock more inclusive societies AND alongside gender-mainstreaming, we need youth-mainstreaming and diversity mainstreaming. Annette Young, host of France 24’s 51% programme asked Yentyl how to counter being seen as a young woman and not a young woman expert by media. Yentyl responded by saying the answer is two-fold: on the one hand there is an issue with the individuals and the institutions, however media can become a space where we can break certain stereotypes, especially that related to ‘competence’ for getting top jobs. On the other hand, Yentyl talked about women’s empowerment and the importance to know your message regardless of who is behind the camera. Yentyl was also asked about cyber-bullying and explained the actions she took to protect the ACP YPN from sexist, racist and abusive cyber-attacks. Yentyl discussed the benefits of social media and the training that ACP YPN does, but warned, “I am more than the 160-character twitter message.”
Yentyl had the pleasure of speaking on Panel 1, ‘News room reality – How are women seen and how do women get to be seen?’ alongside Madi Sharma, EESC member and Entrepreneur, Alison Maitland, author, columnist and journalist, and Josephine Casserly, Governance and Rights Adviser at BBC Media Action. In an earlier article published with the Professionals Women’s Network, Yentyl also spells out the need for an inclusive approach to SDG5 on gender equality and women’s and girl’s empowerment here.
ACP YPN partnered with Sofia Foundation on this initiative and ACP YPN participants were actively involved in the debate reinforcing the messages of social inclusion, gender equality and diversity. ACP YPN members included Christelle Pandanzyla, Co-Founder of Roots Events and Empower-Her, Marie Charlotte Tatepo, Founder of De la Luna media, Binta Sanga, Founder of La Sénégalouse media, Jason-Louise Graham, Advisor at EU Panel Watch and ACP YPN SDG5 Advisor, Madeleine Kamba, Joseph Business School, Bora Kamwanya, ACP YPN Policy and Advocacy Officer.