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UBCP/ACTRA Women’s Committee

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Mission Statement

  • To celebrate, honour and promote our female Members.
  • To initiate, advance and support more work opportunities for our female Members.
  • To educate and inform our Industry about issues related to gender equality.
  • To advocate for gender equality activism locally and globally by addressing and/or supporting and/or participating in various gender equality issues, as determined by committee and resources.
  • To encourage, educate and support female members to participate in political leadership roles.

All UBCP/ACTRA Members are welcome to attend and participate in our meetings.

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Christine Willes – Chair, UBCP/ACTRA Women’s Committee –

“Women performers have faced a significant deficit in work opportunities in our industry for decades. 2014 UBCP statistics inform us that of 32, 526 Member engagements, only 35% were performed by women Members. The Women’s Committee is part of the global advocacy working to change this serious, and unjust, gender imbalance. Women of all diversities are coming together to promote change. We are storytellers within the creative industries, and we want to see the realities we live in reflected on our screens. You are welcome to join us in this exciting and empowering work.”









UBCP/ACTRA’s Women’s Committee at the 2017 Retreat. From L to R: Sabrina Prada, Kandake I Kheyla, Iryna Getman, Sangeeta Wylie, Frances Flanagan, Dale Willman, Irina Zelenouik, Patti Kim, Christine Willes, Angela Moore, Winnie Hung


UBCP/ACTRA Women’s Committee Strategic Priorities 2018-2020

  1. Maintain current initiatives and alliances:
    International Women’s Day, Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction, Gender Equality Checklist, Family Care Project, ACTRA National Women’s Committee, Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen (CUES), Women in Film & Television Vancouver, Women in View, BC Federation of Labour, Please Adjust Your Set, Women of Steel, West Coast Women in Entertainment (WE).
  2. Budget:
    Secure an annual budget for committee activities from the UBCP/ACTRA Executive Board.
  3. Pursue Legislation and Policy that supports Gender Equality in hiring practices:
    Continue to apply the strategies of Record and Report, and Mainstreaming the Gender Equality discussion in all committee work, and pursue legislative change to tax credits provincially to encourage diversity, inclusion and gender equality, particularly through our alliance with WE.
  4. Document:
    Write to casting directors regularly to inspire consideration of diversity, inclusion and gender equality in Vancouver-shot projects, as well as develop and produce video project(s) for archival (member history), advocacy, and career training purposes.
  5. Labour Movement Participation
    Participate annually in at least 1 provincial and 1 national or international labour convention.
  6. Leadership & Education:
    Improve outreach both internally and externally through more frequent communication & attract more participation from specific populations of UBCP/ACTRA membership. Plan workshops and retreats for the committee members to develop leadership and labour literacy.

Lorena Gale Award Recipients and Women’s Day Honourees

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Letters to Casting Directors

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Women’s Committee Archival Videos

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