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"It is essential to promote forms of communication that not only challenge the patriarchal nature of media but strive to decentralise and democratise them: to create media that encourage dialogue and debate; media that advance women and peoples' creativity [...] Media which are responsive to people's needs". (The Bangkok Declaration, 1994) This blog seeks to encourage a critical engagement with questions about the gender dimensions of print, broadcast and digital media policy and practice. The posts highlight news, events, analyses and information from around the world in an effort to spur gender-focussed debate and action.

 


Mexico: #MeToo in the media industry

The #MeToo movement in Mexico’s creative and media industries.

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Reporting on Refugees in Europe

Critical media monitoring to promote the rights of refugees to speak on their own behalf and to have their voices respectfully heard and adequately represented by the media. Research by the Europe region of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC). 

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“The best men can be”

An innovative recently released short film by the personal grooming company Gillette that seeks to challenge gender stereotypes in advertising is drawing mixed reactions.

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App to correct gender imbalance in sources

The Financial Times is taking steps to correct gender imbalance in the sources quoted in its news stories.

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Launch "For quality and equality in journalism content"

The School of Journalism Setguulch (Mongolia) has just launched its initiative “For quality and equality in journalism content” dedicated to journalism students and young journalists.

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EU: Report on gender equality in the media

European Parliament report on gender equality in the media sector in the EU (2017/2210(INI))

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Saudi Arabia: News anchor makes history

Weam Al Dakheel becomes the first woman to co-anchor the main evening news bulletin on Al Saudiya.

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Pakistan: Trolls target women journalists

The Coalition for Women in Journalism has noticed with grave concern the online threats and harassment women journalists in Pakistan face while doing their jobs. As Election 2018 approach, these online attacks are intensifying.

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Rights, Stereotypes, and Gender Equality Issues

What proportion of news stories published on major news websites worldwide focus centrally on women?

13%
15%
17%
19%

Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers

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Who Makes the News blog seeks to encourage a critical engagement with questions about the gender dimensions of print, broadcast and digital media policy and practice.


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