Powerful female voices tackle issues of the hour at Women in Media 2019
Challenges faced by women working in public life and a debate on Ireland’s future post-Brexit will feature at this weekend’s Women in Media (WIM) conference.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Vodafone CEO Anne O’Leary, Fr Peter McVerry, MEP Mairead McGuinness and RTÉ broadcasters Miriam O’Callaghan and Keelin Shanley are among journalists, corporate leaders, politicians and broadcasters appearing at the annual event, now in its seventh year.
The conference, which is sponsored by Vodafone, will also feature panel discussions on the housing crisis, women in STEM, and the future of social media.
The event starts this evening in Kilcooly’s Country House in Ballybunion, with an address from conference founder Joan O’Connor, Anne O’Leary, CEO of Kerry County Council Moira Morrell, activist Dee Keogh, and Head of School of Business at IT Tralee Mary-Rose Stafford.
This will be followed by ‘Women in Literature: Telling our Stories’, a panel featuring authors Sinead Moriarty and Claudia Carroll.
The ‘Political Symposium’ on Saturday will focus on “What the Government needs to do to solve our housing Crisis”. This will be chaired by University of Limerick Head of Journalism Mary Dundon. The panelists include journalist Justine McCarthy, Fr Peter McVerry, Housing Minister Damien English and Labour Housing spokeswoman Jan O’Sullivan TD.
The ‘Women in Media’ panel which will debate ‘Does journalism have a future?’ will be chaired by Prime Time’s Katie Hannon, while Newstalk’s Jess Kelly will chair a panel discussion on ‘Women in STEM’
On Sunday, a panel on ‘The Future of Social Media’ will be chaired by Ciara Riordan, Social News Editor BBC News on Sunday morning.
The final panel on the aftermath of Brexit will take place on Sunday, and will feature Bertie Ahern and Mairead McGuinness.
“It is vital that we have a strong media, one that is representative of our society in terms of gender, race and sexual orientation. And one that is committed to telling the truth and to holding authority to account. We are therefore privileged in Ireland to have such strong, influential and dedicated women representing the public interest through the many media platforms that exist today,” said conference founder Joan O’Connor.
The WIM event was founded to acknowledge the lifetime achievements of two women with strong links to Ballybunion, the late Mary Cummins, Irish Times journalist, and the late Joan Kennelly, founder and editor of Kerry’s Eye Newspaper.
The winner of this year’s esteemed Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in the Media will be announced tomorrow night. Past winners have included Geraldine Kennedy, Miriam O’ Callaghan, Olivia O’Leary and Justine McCarthy.
The Joan Kennellly Special Media Award will also be presented on Saturday night along with a new award, The Social Media/Influencer Award that will recognise excellence in using new media platforms for good and the impact the influencer has in creating online discourse.
For more information, visit www.womeninmedia.ie