Mapping Gender and Media

  on January 21, 2014

Mapping Gender & MediaMapping Gender & Media is an online archive that provides access to information concerning individuals, organizations, policy documents and other resources that are relevant to gender-oriented communication governance in the trans-national context. This is understood as the sum of supra-national governing arrangements that promote a social agenda for change based on gender equity in and through any form of mediated communication.

The dataset Mapping Gender & Media is a thematic section of a broader archive devoted to Mapping Global Media Policy*. The Mapping Gender & Media section is a starting point to focus on the gendered dimensions of communication policies and broader governance processes. Moreover, this is the first global initiative that adopts an innovative approach – data collection, organization and visualization – concerning this specific topic.

Access the dataset here:

The Mapping Gender & Media thematic island contributes to mainstreaming the topic at universities, supports the organization of debates and discussions, gives voice to communities who may want to contribute further information or comments and promotes publications on the issue.

Created as a thematic section in the platform, Mapping Gender & Media allows to visualize archived data in different ways:

  • listing, searching and exploring single profiles
  • filtering the overall thematic section according to levels of action, themes and relevant policy processes
  • explore connections and disconnections amongst profiles through network visualizations.

Initiated as part of a research project conducted at the University of Padova (2011-2013), Mapping Gender & Media can now be used for scholarly analyses, teaching activities, advocacy initiatives. The thematic section will be expanded, with the contribution of interested subjects, to make it an even more relevant resource to support informed participation of interested individuals and organizations in upcoming policy processes such as Beijing +20, MDG and WSIS+10.

For information, comments and suggestions, please contact: Claudia Padovani, DSPGI, University of Padova.


* Mapping Global Media Policy:

Mapping Global Media Policy is an independent project initiated by the Global Media Policy Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), hosted and supported by an academic consortium led by Media@McGill, a research and public outreach hub based at McGill University (Canada), and including University of Padova (Italy) and the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at Central European University (Hungary).

More thematic sections (‘islands’) are being created within the project and can be explored at:

For information concerning the objectives and structure of the Mapping project, as well as scenarios of use of the digital platform see:

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January 21, 2014
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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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