16 Days of Activism: Lorna Bennet

Bennet is a scriptwriter working on the project ‘Witness’

  • Dec. 1, 2017 6:00 a.m.
Lorna Bennet has spent most of her working life in the film industry. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Lorna Bennet has spent most of her working life in the film industry. SUBMITTED PHOTO

This feature highlights one of many women who make a difference in the community, put on by ACAWS and the Alberni Valley News as part of the 16 Days of Activism. Read our other features here.

Lorna Bennet

I am a scriptwriter who also produces and directs. I’ve spent most of my working life in the film industry. I have worked on many projects, such as documentaries, inserts and dramas, as well as training, induction, informational and corporate videos. I owned and ran an animation studio for several years, writing and producing over 50 short films for children, based on African Myths and legends. I have in the past also volunteered with Rape Crisis as a counsellor and I helped to teach vulnerable women a simple form of self defense.

I think that making important information available and easy to understand is necessary to help in combating fear of the unknown. I try to do that in any way I can. Whether it is simply speaking to someone and helping by explaining what they can do or making an informational video which explains a process. Problems seem easier when you understand what you need to do to solve them.

I reject gender inequality and am vocal about it. I have come across gender equality issues in the workplace and in my private life and I will and do complain if I think I am being discriminated against. I have championed women who I felt were being discriminated against and have tried to help in any way I could. I do feel that women always have to fight so much harder for equal rights and that is not acceptable. I believe that women need to be more proactive in defending their rights to equality. Quiet acceptance does not work. “Be proud and shout it loud” is my motto – of course that doesn’t always work – but being meek and quiet is not an option!

I have been working on an informational video for women who are afraid to report crime (against themselves) because they do not understand the process of being a witness in a trial. This video will help to demystify the process and will be available to vulnerable women through social media and community based organizations.

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