UN Commission highlights media's role in achieving the MDGs for women

  on April 01, 2014
An advance version of the draft conclusions adopted at the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (March 2014) documents a recognition of the media's role in encouraging progress towards  achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls.

While the MDGs are set to expire in 2015 to pave way for a new Post-2015 development agenda, the evidence shows that gender-based inequalities, injustices, marginalization and discrimination faced by women and girls remain. The Commission expresses deep concern "that lack of progress on gender equality has hindered progress towards all of the Millennium Development Goals" (Para 18).

The Commission outlines a list of actions for governments, UN agencies, international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector, employer organizations, trade unions, media, including the following:

To address challenges to realizing women's and girls' full enjoyment of all human rights:
 
(n) Encourage media providers, including Internet service providers, to adopt or strengthen self-regulatory measures to promote the responsible use of media, particularly the Internet, with a view to eliminating the exploitation of women and children;

To strengthen an enabling environment for gender equality and the empowerment of women :

(xx) Recognize the important role the media can play in the elimination of gender stereotypes, and to the extent consistent with freedom of expression, increase the participation and access of women to all forms of media, and encourage the media to increase public awareness of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;

Access the full text of the report here.
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April 01, 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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