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WTISD 2012 Laureate Geena Davis

​WTISD 2012 Laureate Geena Davis, Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Acceptance Speech


kirchner.jpg Geena Davis is a Hollywood icon and one of its most respected actors appearing in several landmark roles. She is an Academy Award winning actor who made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in ‘Tootsie’. She went on to star in such films as ‘The Fly’, ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Earth Girls are Easy’, ‘Angie’, ‘The Long Kiss Goodnight’, and ‘Stuart Little’. She is also a world-class athlete having competed in international events in archery.

Ms Davis is recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls and is the founder of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, a research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate and influence the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.

Geena Davis is an official partner of UN Women in a global effort to change the way media represents women and girls worldwide. She is ITU’s special envoy for women and girls in the field of information and communication technology.