“We've done it!” exclaimed an email from monitors in Georgia. “Have fun!” said another.
As Margaret Gallagher author of the GMMP 2000 and 2005 reports once said, “[the GMMP is] one of the most extraordinary collective enterprises yet organised within the global women's movement.'
The GMMP’s multi-faceted approach is unparalleled and the facts and figures that it produces have proven to be an invaluable tool for change.
The project’s quantifiable benefits are only a small portion of its merits. Indeed, perhaps the most significant attribute of the GMMP are the national, regional and global partnerships the project generates across nations, regions and the globe, among grassroots groups, international organisations, activists, media practitioners, researchers in academia, students and all those who participate.
It is this collaborative spirit that allows the GMMP to have such an impressive scope. In 2005, monitors in over 70 countries collected data on almost 13,000 news stories. Altogether, information was collected on nearly 40,000 people—including sources, presenters and reporters—in the news.
GMMP 2009/2010 aims to have over 100 countries participating. Assuming there will be a similar breakdown on the number of sources coded per country, GMMP 2009/2010 will collect data on over 60,000 people in the news in just one day!
Aside from its broader-than-ever-before scope, GMMP 2009/2010 is important for a number of other reasons. It is intended to contribute to the Beijing + 15 review planned for March 2010 and the UN Millennium Development Goals summit scheduled for September 2010.
Photo: Media monitors in (from top left) Croatia, Guatemala, Argentina, Jamaica, Haiti, China. GMMP 2005.