For Immediate Release – WASHINGTON, DC, 9/9/2012 – The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) congratulates the Walter Kaitz Foundation for recognizing the Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls with its annual Diversity Advocate Award.
This week, the Walter Kaitz Foundation will honor the Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls with its Diversity Advocate Award during Diversity Week in New York City (September 10-13, 2012). The Walter Kaitz Foundation advocates for diversity in the cable telecommunications industry by supporting people and programs that make a difference. The Foundation presents an annual Diversity Advocate Award to an individual or organization outside of the cable industry that has demonstrated unwavering commitment to diversity.
The Healthy MEdia Commission, co-chaired by actress and founder of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Geena Davis, and former Federal Communications Commissioner and MMTC Vice-Chair, Deborah Taylor Tate, is being honored for its commitment to building a coalition of media leaders and subject related experts and creating a blueprint on how to promote positive media images for women and girls.
“This recognition is a watershed moment for the Healthy MEdia Commission,” said Commissioner Tate. “We hope it will serve to bring this issue to the attention of media outlets and organizations nationwide, and to encourage the media and entertainment industries to portray images of girls and women in a healthy, realistic, and constructive light.”
“MMTC stands firmly behind efforts to promote diversity both inside and outside the telecommunications industry,” said MMTC President David Honig. “We commend the Healthy MEdia Commission for its dedication to diversity and positive media images, and we are delighted that organizations like the Walter Kaitz Foundation continue to celebrate such efforts.”
MMTC is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to promote and preserve media diversity and equal opportunity in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries.