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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.

 


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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Intergrating 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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Myanmar: New research on gender and media

Pilot study by the Myanmar Women’s Journalists Society (MWJS) on gender portrayal in Myanmar news media. Supported by the International Media Support and Fojo Media Institute.

 

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#GenderAnd campaign challenges media sexism in India

The Indian Express newspaper's  month-long campaign featuring gender-focused news stories designed to challenge gender stereotypes and give women and sexual minorities a fair share in news coverage.

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Tunisia Signs Media Freedom Declaration

Tunisia becomes the second country after Palestine to sign the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World.

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Survivors Not Victims: Afghan Women in News

Marzia Nawrozi on portrayal of Afghan women in local and international news.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Recommendation on Violence Against Women

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.

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Gender difference in reporters

Globally, in what news medium is the gender gap in reporters the narrowest?

Television
Radio
Newspaper

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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