“Be Seen Be Heard” is a practical initative formulated to ensure that diverse voices in public life continues here in Northern Ireland. Research gathered in 2014 found that even two years after launching a campaign to increase the number of women heard in UK television and radio, male experts still outnumber female experts on news programmes by a ratio of four to one. Our aim is to have news and commentary to be more equally balanced to make sure our media continues to accurately reflect the society it reports on.
This project will train 45 female experts in the first year. We anticipate a minimum of eight new women to make it onto the roster of contributors at media organisations.
2016 has been an extraordinary year for the advancement of women in public life. We now have a female Prime Minister in Westminister, Theresa May and female First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. Closer to home, we have our First Minister Arlene Foster, and across the water, Hillary Clinton is running to become the first female President of the United States.
Friday 18th November marked the launch of “Be Seen Be Heard” in the MAC, Belfast, as part of the Belfast Media Festival programme. “Be seen Be Heard” aims to increase female participation in media debate, opinion and commentary in Northern Ireland. This initiative is co-ordinated by Susie Brown, Head of Corporate Development, Tourism NI and formerly Head of Communications at the Northern Ireland Assembly, Bespoke Communications, Politics Plus and Ulster University, with the support of partner organisations across public life in Northern Ireland.
“Be Seen Be Heard” has two objectives:
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Listen below to Susie Brown’s radio interview with Belfast89fm chatting about the launch of “Be Seen Be Heard”
22 June 2017
Downshire Civic Centre, Ardglass Road
23 June 2017
Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings
21 September 2017