|Lanzamiento del informe GMMP en Espa?a. |
Source: Elvira Altes/GMMP Network, WACC (cc)
|Fran?oise Mukuku, GMMP coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo responds to reporters following the launch of the GMMP 2010 report. Source: Fran?oise Mukuku./GMMP Network, WACC (cc)|
|Layla Hamarneh, Arab Women’sOrganisation discusses the GMMP findings at the report launch in Jordan. Source: Layla Hamarneh./GMMP Network, WACC (cc)|
|Chandra Iyengar releases the GMMP 2010 India Report in Mumbai at a Network of Women in Media, India. event. She is flanked by Kalpana Sharma and Shai Venkantraman. Source: Ammu Joseph./GMMP Network, WACC (cc)|
“I was quite intrigued by the findings, especially because we work very hard to stop the perpetuation of gender and race stereotyping. […] I will address the staff and share the findings with them in an effort to conscientise them and get them into a mindset of breaking the mould.. […] I accept the critique wholeheartedly, it has certainly opened my eyes to what we may have taken for granted”.
In his reaction to the findings of the fourth Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP 2010) research, one executive editor in an important South African news media house sharply captures the essence the GMMP.
First, the Project’s vision to nurture a critical questioning by media professionals and audiences alike, of gender gaps, biases and discrimination in the news media. Questions about invisibility, marginality, negative portrayal and silencing of certain voices on the basis of gender. Second, to create an understanding by different actors of their ability to be agents for change. Third, to spur action within and outside the media for the larger project of transformation towards gender-ethical news media.
The South African news editor rightly invokes his newspaper’s internal practices and equally important, the broader society’s agency in this situation. Further, the impact of progressive journalistic practice that endeavors to ensure accountability to otherwise marginalized groups is diminished in a media environment that is either less aware about the concerns or impervious to the critiques. As well, to the extent that media audiences fail to actively engage with media practitioners on their output, they contribute to maintaining the status quo.
The current issue of Media and Gender Monitor (MGM) brings together action plans emerging from the GMMP findings. The plans highlight specific actions for each set of change agents—media decision makers, practitioners, journalism training institutions and civil society groups, among others. The global action plan is intended to accelerate the pace of change as well as also re-direct progress to areas of media policy and practice that constrain advancement towards more gender-just news media. The regional action plans underscore areas identified as key for special follow-up by the respective GMMP networks. In this issue as well are stories of some of the ways in which the networks continue to demonstrate their commitment to the plans in practice.
It is the hope that the action plans will speak to and resonate with readers in their specific locations as news media professionals, audiences, trainers, researchers, activists and others engaged in particular ways with news media.
Sarah Macharia, Editor
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