On March 25, 2021, Taboom’s Founding Director Brian Pellot spoke on a panel about countering gender stereotypes in global news media coverage as part of NGO CSW65 –– the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Pellot spoke about the specific dangers sexual and gender minorities face in this context and Taboom’s work to counter gender-stereotyping. The panel was co-hosted by the International Center for Journalists, Free Press Unlimited, the Global Forum for Media Development, and International Media Support.
The session, moderated by Joyce Barnathan, President of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), also featured input and discussion from:
- Victoria Sandino – Former FARC Commander and Colombian Senator
- Melanie Tobal – Founder, Publicitarias.org
- Chiara Adamo – Head of “Gender Equality, Human Rights and Democratic Governance”, DEVCO, European Commission
- Motunrayo Alaka – Founder, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism in Nigeria
Throughout the discussion, panelists highlighted pragmatic ways to counter gender stereotyping and empower minorities in the media industry.