Women's Media Awards Aims at Amplifying Women's Voices, Changing the Conversation

Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk attended one of her favorite yearly events, the 'Women's Media Awards' and met with Robin Morgan, Jane Fonda, Pat Mitchell and Mona Eltahawy. It was a wonderful event that she knows will "inspire women from all over the world in media and beyond, because all the attendees exude so much positive energy that they will reach out through all different media channels about women's issues and will fight for equal rights while preserving womanhood and femininity through it all."

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About the Women's Media Awards

There is a crisis of representation in the media. We live in a racially and ethnically diverse nation that is 51% female, but the news media itself remains staggeringly limited to a single demographic. The media is the single most powerful tool at our disposal; it has the power to educate, effect social change, and determine the political policies and elections that shape our lives. Our work in diversifying the media landscape is critical to the health of our culture and democracy.

The Women's Media Center—founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem—has the goal of making women visible and powerful in the media. The Women's Media Center shows you what you don't see. By training women and girls to be media ready and media savvy, the Women's Media Center is changing the face of media. By curating original content from extraordinary women writers, we amplify the voices and concerns of women. We put women in the picture in all our diversity. By monitoring and calling out media sexism, launching petitions, inviting watch-ins, organizing tweet-ups, and other activist campaigns, we are holding media accountable for an equal voice and equal participation.

One of the speakers at this year's award ceremony was Mona Eltahawy. Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City. She is the author of "Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution," released April 2015, and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.

During the 18-day revolution that toppled Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, she appeared on most major media outlets, leading the feminist website Jezebel to describe her as "The Woman Explaining Egypt to the West". In November 2011, Egyptian riot police beat her, breaking her left arm and right hand, and sexually assaulted her and she was detained for 12 hours by the Interior Ministry and Military Intelligence. Newsweek magazine named Ms Eltahawy one of its "150 Fearless Women of 2012", Time magazine featured her along with other activists from around the world as its People of the Year and Arabian Business magazine named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women.

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