CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Recommendation on Violence Against Women

Deadline: 30 September 2016

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is updating General Recommendation No. 19 on Violence Against Women. The draft update is available here.

The Committee has invited comments on the draft to be sent in writing to cedaw@ohchr.org

Submissions should be sent with the subject line: “Draft Update of the General Recommendation No. 19.

Role of media
Clause 15 (c) of  the draft highlights the media's role in preventing violence against women. It recommends that State parties: 

"Adopt and implement effective measures to encourage the media, including advertising and information and communications technologies to eliminate discrimination against women in their work, including negative and stereotyped portrayal of women and girls, including women human right’s defenders. These measures should include:
i.    Promotion of positive portrayals that challenge gender stereotypes relating to the roles of women and men,
ii.   Guidelines for the appropriate reporting by the media of cases of gender-based violence against women,
iii.  Encouragement of the creation of self-regulatory mechanisms by the media aimed at the elimination gender stereotypes, and
iv.   Strengthening the institutional capacity of national human rights institutions to confront media that that portray images or content that are gender-discriminatory and objectify or demean women or promote violent masculinities."

Send your comments or reactions to the CEDAW Committee in English, French or Spanish. Submission guidelines and more information can be found here.

 

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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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