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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.

 


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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Strategies to Achieve Media Gender Equality

An article published in The Guardian (UK) outlining strategies to make news companies more inclusive.

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Call for Applications: Gender and Media Awards 2016 Summit

A call for applications by Gender Links and the South African Broadcasting Association on the topics of gender equality in media.

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Political is Personal. In Women's Voices

An initiative serving as a platform and safe space for Israeli and Palestinian women to voice their experiences during the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Call for Applications: Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories

A call for grant applications for journalism by and for women. Issued by the International Women's Media Foundation.

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Gaza's Female Fixers: Meet the Women Behind the News

An article by Al Jazeera on the experiences of local female journalists in Gaza who work with foreign correspondents, referred to as "fixers". Featuring also a TED talk by Gaza's first female "fixer" Ameera Harouda.

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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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