Only 14% of uk vr companies have any women directors. Today we come together to create a vision for the future.
In 2018, quantitative research by King’s College London and the University of Brighton found that only 14% of UK VR companies (registered on Companies House) had any women directors. King’s College, the University of Brighton and REFIG set about to address this by facilitating the Vision for Women in VR.
This vision is for a future where the immersive sector challenges the status quo of gender imbalance in creative industries and tech, seizing the opportunity to craft VR into an inclusive and healthy sector that learns from the mistakes of other media sectors.
A Vision for Women and VR (VWVR) is a collective visionary document bringing together the experiences and expertise of women working in this new industry. This is a timely challenge to ensure this transformative media is influenced by both men and women, reflects our society, shapes mainstream culture and affects behavioural change.
VWVR is a rallying cry vocalising the need for greater transparency and gender balance in the immersive sector. Effective change needs many voices. Project managed by VR platform, Limina Immersive, with funding, research and collaboration from REFIG.ca, the University of Brighton and Kings College London, VWVR is calling for your help and support to make this much-needed industry-wide change a reality.
We hope that individuals and leading companies in the VR sector share this vision with us. If you are a woman working in VR and would like to get involved, or if you are an organisation wanting to pledge your support, then please fill in this form. If you are outside the UK then we can send you guidance for how to adapt this UK vision statement to suit the context of the country you are based in.
Here are some of the women that wrote the vision statement, who wished to have their names published:
Catherine Allen, Sarah Atkinson, Grace Boyle, Becca Caddy, Amandine Flachs, Dorothea Gibbs, Rebecca Gregory-Clarke, Dee Harvey, Emma Hughes, Helen Kennedy, Samantha Kingston, Tanya Laird, Jayisha Patel, Mária Rakušanová, Tessa Ratuszynska, Mitch Turnbull, Isabel Van De Keere