Gender and Communication

‘… it is essential to promote forms of communication that not only challenge the patriarchal nature of media but strive to decentralise and democratise them: to create media that encourage dialogue and debate; media that advance women and peoples' creativity; media that reaffirm women's wisdom and knowledge, and that make people into subjects rather than objects or targets of communication. Media which are responsive to people's needs’
The ‘Bangkok Declaration’, 1994. Español     Français

‘…Strategic objective J.1: Increase the participation and access of women to expression and decision-making in and through the media and new technologies of communication; Strategic objective J.2.: Promote a balanced and non-stereotyped portrayal of women in the media’
—Section J of the ‘Beijing Platform for Action’, 1995.


Who makes the news? is a knowledge, information and resource portal on gender and the media. It is run by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), a non-governmental organisation that builds on communication rights in order to promote social justice.  WACC works with all those denied the right to communicate because of status, identity, or gender. It advocates full access to information and communication, and promotes open and diverse media.

WACC’s engagement with gender, media and communication began in 1987 with a series of regional consultations on ‘women and media’ and took place at a time when the role of women in development was slowly being recognized. These consultations culminated in the first-ever global conference on ‘Women Empowering Communication’ held in Bangkok in February 1994, organized by WACC in co-operation with Isis International and the International Women’s Tribune Centre and attended by over 430 people from 80 countries. At the conference, women from all over the world developed a series of strategies and resolutions for empowering women in and through the media in the ‘Bangkok Declaration’.

Thus, the Bangkok Declaration and the recommendations contained in Section J on “Women and the  media” of the Beijing Platform for Action of the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women inform WACC’s interventions in this thematic area. WACC supports women’s use of media for their own empowerment and for the development of their communities. It also advocates full and equal participation of women in public communication so that their multiple and complex interests, experiences and realities become part of the public agenda.

WACC’s work has resulted in an extensive network of individuals and organizations concerned with gender and communication issues, from grassroots activists to academics, faith-based groups and development organisations.

This site profiles the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), WACC’s flagship media monitoring and advocacy initiative running since 1995 that pursues gender inequality in and through the world news media. The site presents initiatives emerging from the GMMP, news, information, resources, as well as work by GMMP network partners in over 100 countries worldwide.

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