Sara Parr


"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.


U.S: New research shows media bias against women as economic experts

Research findings by Media Matters on the presence of women as experts in economic news segments broadcast on three American cable news networks CNN, Fox News channel and MSNBC. The research conducted from April 1, 2013 to March 31,2014 found significant underrepresentation of women appearing as economists (9.6 percent) despite women's larger presence within the profession: "in 2012, almost 32 percent of new economics doctorate recipients were women".
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Report: A new report about “Violence and Harassment against women in the News Media”

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the International News Safety Institute (INSI) published the report  “Violence and harassment against women in the news media”. The 40-page report reveals the experiences of nearly 1,000 female journalists around the world. Read More

Ireland: Civil society holds national broadcaster accountable

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) calls audiences to complain to the national broadcaster RTÉ on the launch of a new sitcom 'The Centre' that negatively portrays a transgender woman character.

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Gender gap across digital media landscape

Researcher Meg Heckman finds that the underrepresentation and undervaluation of women in traditional journalism has continued into the digital journalism world.

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Germany: “ Speakerinnen-Liste” – Gender equity in public discourse

Journalistinnenbund, the federation of female journalists in Germany announces cooperation with Speakerinnen-Liste, an online platform featuring a database of women experts on different themes.
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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?


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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