Resource: Women and Journalists First

  on January 21, 2014

A challenge to media professionals to realise democracy in practice, quality in journalism and an end to gender stereotyping

Prepared by Joke Hermes, Ph.D., for the Council of Europe's Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men, (CDEG).

The objectives of the resource are two-fold: First, to invite media professionals to "re-think professional practice when it comes to the representation of women and men, especially in terms of gender stereotyping"; and, second, to provide "arguments, insights and examples of what gender stereotyping is, and how to combat it".

Motivation to develop the resource stemmed from the Council of Europe's concern for human rights and freedom from discrimination, including on the basis of sex. (see Article 14 on prohibition of discrimination, European Convention on Human Rights).

The 35-page resource presents some facts on fair portrayal, reveals openings to strengthen accountable journalism as a means to tackle gender stereotyping, and provides tools to combat stereotyping in media and communication practice.

The resource is available for free download at:

http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/standardsetting/equality/03themes/women-media/CDEG_2011_15_en_handbook.pdf

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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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