Gender equality in and through radio

  on February 13, 2015

World Radio Day 2015

Four years ago in 2011, the 36th General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declared 13 February "World Radio Day".

In a video message to commemorate the 2015 World Radio Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores the importance of radio for young women and men. "Radio matters for youth across the world. As the international community shapes new sustainable development goals and the new global agreement on climate change, we need to hear the voices of young women and men loudly, strongly and urgently".

The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) found not only a larger gender gap in the proportion of news reported by women, but also a slowdown of progress towards gender parity on this indicator. In 2010, only 37% of radio news was reported by women compared to 45% in 2005 and 28% in the year 2000.

At the same time, while women's voices in radio newscasts increased considerably from 15% in 1995 to 22% in 2010,  we remain less than halfway towards numerical gender equality.

Participate in GMMP 2015 to help discover what progress has been made since 2010, and to add your voice to discussions on strategies for accelerating advancement towards substantive gender equality in and through radio.

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Beijing +20: In my opinion...

The most important contribution that the Beijing Platform for Action has made to advancing gender equality in and through the media is:

Setting global standards to which governments and the media can be held accountable
Bringing coherence to and greater understanding of civil society initiatives on gender, women and media
Raising the profile of work on 'women and media' as important for addressing gender inequalities in women's lived experiences.

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