"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.
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
Producing media content that promotes feminism, women's politics and resistance strategies to rising militarism, racism and nationalism. by BeFem feminist and cultural centre, Serbia.Read More
Ageism in the media. A report on research on gender portrayal in German television and film.Read More
Tunisia becomes the second country after Palestine to sign the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World.Read More
A documentary on the globalization of beauty standards.Read More
A call for comment submissions from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on the updated draft of General Recommendation No. 19 (1992) on Violence Against Women.Read More
A new initiative by The Womanity Foundation on raising awareness on gender inequality through the use of radio and animation.Read More
Like in many other technology companies, women and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in Twitter's workforce.The company now demonstrates willingness to begin to correct the highly unrepresentative staffing.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.
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