NEWS RELEASE
Embargo: Immediate, 30rd January 2012

Against the backdrop of the Leveson Enquiry where media behaviour has been put under the spotlight, it could be time to look at treatment of women across all media channels. Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new documentary Miss Representation does just that. 

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image, Central YMCA and All Walks Beyond the Catwalk are proud to present the UK premiere of Miss Representation at the House of Commons on 1 February 2012 at 6:00 PM, attended by top media industry professionals.

This award-winning film, exploring how media misrepresentations of women have led to their under-representation in positions of power and influence, will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Jo Swinson MP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image.

Speaking to this issue in the UK. Panellists include: Lynne Featherstone MP, Minister for Equalities; Colleen Harris, Communications and Diversity Adviser; Susie Orbach, writer and psychotherapist; Malorie Blackman, author.

 
Commenting on the event Debra Bourne, Co founder, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk said:

 ”With the lack of female role models reflected in our general media, women often look to fashion for a narrative on femininity.  The work of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk to promote a broader range of beauty and body ideals in age, size and skin tone therefore, is essential“ 

 
Commenting Jo Swinson said:

This documentary turns the spotlight on female voices and experiences that often go unheard. The female activists, actors and politicians in the film are highlighting a simple fact: media misrepresentation of women results in a leadership gap. By screening this film we aim to kickstart the debate about the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of women here in the UK

ENDS

Notes to Editors

1. Audio and visual clips are available on request.

2. To book interviews with organisers (APPG on Body Image, Central YMCA and All Walks Beyond the Catwalk) please contact: corrine.leon@parliament.uk; 020 7219 8088

3. For any enquiries related to the Minister or Government policy please contact the Home Office Press Office at 020 7035 3535