"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.
Briefing paper from ACT Alliance on the gendered dimensions of Covid-19
Alabama’s major newspapers dedicate their Sunday editions to essays by women following signing of a bill that criminalizes most abortions in the state.Read More
The #MeToo movement in Mexico’s creative and media industries.Read More
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).Read More
An innovative recently released short film by the personal grooming company Gillette that seeks to challenge gender stereotypes in advertising is drawing mixed reactions.Read More
The Financial Times is taking steps to correct gender imbalance in the sources quoted in its news stories.Read More
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.Read More
What proportion of news stories published on major news websites worldwide focus centrally on women?
You are correct! 19% of online news stories focus centrally on women according to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) findings. In the traditional news mediums however, only 10% of stories direct attention to women or deal with issues affecting women in particular ways.
More GMMP findings on online news: