JOIN US AT DEVELOP:BRIGHTON FOR A ‘MEN AS ALLIES’ ROUNDTABLE

Please join us for the Women in Games roundtable at Develop:Brighton on the subject of Men As Allies.

The session takes place on Tuesday July 9th from 5-5.45pm. It is free to attend if you are registered to attend Develop:Brighton. Make sure you register here – https://developconference.ecreg.uk/reg/Booktype1/Booking1.asp

Part of the ongoing work Women in Games is strategically active in is building a partnership culture, globally, across the sector, in adjoining spaces and with other organisations whose work aligns with our goals.

We would love for you to join us – and to bring along colleagues who may be interested in how they can support women by becoming allies. Here’s what you can expect:

Men As Allies: Open Your Eyes & Become An Agent of Change
The games industry thrives on creativity, innovation, and diverse perspectives. Yet, women continue to face significant roadblocks: from subtle microaggressions and unconscious biases to blatant harassment and abuse. These challenges create a hostile environment, hinder career progression, and ultimately, hold the industry back from reaching its full potential.

And nothing tangible is changing despite the efforts of Women in Games and our partners and supporters. Men must play a pivotal role in dismantling these barriers and fostering a truly inclusive and equitable gaming landscape.

This roundtable event, to open the eyes of men working in the industry to the huge challenges and obstacles facing women, and to equip them with the tools and understanding they need to become effective allies, driving positive change within the industry.

This roundtable isn’t just about raising awareness; it’s about encouraging and empowering men to take action. We’ll provide attendees with knowledge, practical tools and resources to implement the learnings of the session into their daily lives, both professionally and personally.

SESSION TAKEAWAYS

  • Speak Up, Not Over: True allyship prioritises amplifying women’s voices while offering unwavering support.
  • Become an Advocate: Take initiative to educate yourself and others about the challenges women face within the games industry.
  • Challenge the Status Quo: Identify and challenge ‘masculine’ norms that contribute to a culture of bias and exclusion.
  • Action is Paramount: Allyship goes beyond words – translate your learnings into tangible actions that create lasting change.

Women in Games CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman said: “Women in Games’ mission is to bring together agents of change, advocates, men and boys, champions, experts and grass-roots organisations for new dialogues focused on achieving fairness and equity. 

“Therefore, a key area of focus to fulfil our mission is engaging ‘men as allies’ and this forms the subject of this roundtable event at Develop 2024. 

“We believe that a simple way to contribute to designing the future of ‘fairness’ that we desire is conversation.

“Conversation costs nothing but time – and can include everyone. Conversations are one of the cornerstones of civic engagement and by openly exploring the issues of gender equality, equity of opportunity and fairness that challenge us, we can make strides forward – as women and men together.”

Develop:Brighton takes place from July 9th to 11th at the Doubletree by Hilton Brighton Metropole. Register to attend here – https://developconference.ecreg.uk/reg/Booktype1/Booking1.asp

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