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Sexism in the Media: Facing the challenges, finding solutions

Simone de Beauvoir Institute Research Associates' seminar

Date & time
Thursday, November 19, 2020
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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Eramelinda Boquer and Benson Cook


This event is free


Sima Aprahamian



This panel presentation will address the recurring problem of sexism and the high incidence of sexual harassment in the media industry. Issues to be discussed include sexism experienced by LGBT workers, sexism experienced by women and men, from both male and female colleagues, restraints that prevent the reporting of rape and harassment, and the on-going issues of sexism connected to ageism in the news media.

Discussion with our presenters will take place throughout the seminar.



Eramelinda Boquer is a well-respected broadcast television and radio journalist. (Currently weather specialist and community reporter with Global News Morning Montreal) She is also an experienced writer, actor and producer. She teaches communications a Champlain Regional College St. Lambert and is a media consultant at She has won many awards including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubliee Medal for her 20+ years with and was the 2019 ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) Montreal Woman of the Year.


Benson Cook has worked as a journalist from Montreal to Washington and beyond, covering everything from local beekepers to national politics. At the age of 19, he became the youngest credentialed reporter in the Montreal City Hall press gallery. Having worked in the past for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fox News and CJAD 800 AM, Benson joined Global Television’s Montreal newsroom in January 2020. A native of Pike Creek, Delaware, Benson is a graduate of McGill University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science and history.

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