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.
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.