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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.

 


Good practice from Alabama Media Group: Space for women's voices

Alabama’s major newspapers dedicate their Sunday editions to essays by women following signing of a bill that criminalizes most abortions in the state.

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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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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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BBC Gender Pay Gap Narrows

The just-published BBC's gender pay gap report for 2017/2018 shows some progress has been made during the past year.

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New Initiative: Gender Equal Media Scotland

Introducing Gender Equal Media Scotland (GEMScot), an initiative created to transform media in Scotland through feminist research,  journalism and advocacy.

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Integrating a gender lens in journalism

The workshop to strengthen the capacity of media professionals from St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent & The Grenadines to integrate a gender lens and human rights focus in journalistic practice.

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Bridging the gender gap in Canadian news

“What Gets Measured Gets Done” #WGMGD campaign aims to bridge the gender gap in news and information media by 2025.

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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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