Seen and Unseen: Missing Women and the Media

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Join us a panel discussion on missing women, the implicit bias in the media and the lack of representation of women of color in the news

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The recent high-profile cases of two BC women who disappeared in the Lower Mainland sparked an alarming number of posts on social media regarding abduction concerns. This led to a growing number of questions from UFV students and staff about what is true, what is rumour and how to be safe. It also dynamized the disproportionate focus of media coverage of missing person cases involving women of color.

What does the average missing person look like? Judging from national media reports, and the widespread circulation of videos and posts on social media platforms: young, white, upper-middle class and female. When we shift our focus from news coverage to facts, a very different picture emerges. One in which white women occupy a privileged role as violent crime victims in news media reporting.

On Monday March 29, 2021, UFV Campus Living and Student Life will host a panel discussion about missing women and the media. Panelist will address topics of community safety, violence against women, reporting to the police, media bias and the unseen women of color who go missing.

This event is for UFV staff, faculty and students only.

A Zoom link will be sent to everyone registered the morning of the event.

Sponsored by UFV Housing and Campus Living, Student Life, Indigenous Student Centre, South Asian Studies Institute and Risk and Safety.

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