UK women's groups demand action on sexist stereotypes in media

  on January 21, 2014

from The Guardian UK online newspaper.

Article title: "Leveson inquiry must address sexist media stereotypes, say women's groups", published 24 January 2012

""The media creates, reflects and enforces attitudes in society. Those who work in the media should be conscious of this and should actively seek not to reproduce attitudes which condone violence against women or girls," said Marai Larasi from End Violence Against Women, a coalition of 40 women's organisations.

Representatives of the women's groups Equality Now, Eaves, Object and End Violence Against Women called on Lord Justice Leveson to ban highly sexualised images in newspapers, which they argued would not be broadcast pre-watershed on television."

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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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