FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Vancouver, BC – March 8, 2024

The UBCP/ACTRA Women’s Committee names Malia Baker as UBCP/ACTRA’s International Women’s Day honouree, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to social justice causes, and her dedication to advancing the rights of girls and women.

Named one of Seventeen magazine’s Voices of the Year and Refinery29 Canada’s Powerhouses, Malia Baker has dedicated her platform and time to speak up – and show up – for social justice issues, with a particular focus on girl’s and women’s rights.Lexa Doig, UBCP/ACTRA Executive Board member and liaison of the Women’s Committee, said, “We’re thrilled to recognize Malia for her outstanding leadership in the areas of social justice and gender equity as a young performer. Malia not only talks the talk but walks the walk, championing feminism with grace.”Anisha Cheema, also a UBCP/ACTRA Executive Board member and liaison of the Women’s Committee, added, “We are honoured to have Malia as a distinguished UBCP/ACTRA member, and celebrate her passion, talent, and leadership in creating positive change for all women and girls in the industry.”Baker has contributed to conversations and publications for girls around the world on their rights, equality, girlhood, mental health, violence prevention, and being a changemaker. Currently, Baker serves as a Champion for the UN initiative, GirlUp, and holds the distinction of being the first-ever youth Global Ambassador for the organization She’s the First.

Expressing her gratitude for the recognition, Baker said, “I’m thankful that my voice and efforts have been seen and heard; it means a lot to me because I know there are countless ones that aren’t. I choose to use my platform for all the girls and women who need it and I hope that as a collective what matters to us is reverberated around the globe. For me, that is equal rights, body autonomy, and a life free from violence.”Most recently Baker joined as a producer on the award-winning script, 12 Hours, as well as being the executive producer and lead in the Indie survival drama Hair of the Bear.– 30 – 
The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. UBCP/ACTRA’s more than 8,000 members are an integral part of the approximately 28,000  performers who have come together to build ACTRA, the strongest Union of cultural workers in Canada.

Media Contact: UBCP/ACTRA Communications 604.341.0039 [email protected]

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