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  on January 21, 2014


LONDON, 12 January 2006 - The results of a global media study to be released next month chart the representation of men and women in the news and newsrooms of the world.

The Global Media Monitoring Project, conducted in 1995 andagain in 2000 and 2005 by WACC and its international affiliates,reveals the trend of imbalance in who makes the news-and who doesn't-inthe areas of news content, news subjects and who reports on thesestories around the world in its report entitled "WHO MAKES THE NEWS?"

Using an extensive international network of hundreds of volunteers-fromjournalism students and professors to journalists' associations andgrassroots communications groups and alternative media networks-thispioneering effort in global research into news media focuses onnewspapers, television and radio news coverage for one day in countriesaround the world. The qualitative and quantitative data gathered fromthe volunteers is tabulated and analyzed, and is the basis of each "WHOMAKES THE NEWS?" report.

The report, to be released 15 February, is the result of theanalysis of almost 13,000 news items from one day in 76 countriesaround the world.

A press conference and media roundtable will be held 15 February at the Foreign Press Association, 11 Carlton House Terrace, London, and will launch "WHO MAKES THE NEWS? Three Weeks of Global Action"(16 February - 8 March). Endorsed by UNIFEM, UNESCO and a coalition ofpartner organizations, the campaign will feature awareness raisingactivities taking place in more than 70 countries.

For more information, please contact Sheila George at WACC on +44 (0) 208-123-4010 or +44 (0) 207-587-3000, or go to

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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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