"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.
Marzia Nawrozi on portrayal of Afghan women in local and international news.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
An article published in The Guardian (UK) outlining strategies to make news companies more inclusive.Read More
A call for applications by Gender Links and the South African Broadcasting Association on the topics of gender equality in media.Read More
An initiative serving as a platform and safe space for Israeli and Palestinian women to voice their experiences during the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.Read More
A call for grant applications for journalism by and for women. Issued by the International Women's Media Foundation.Read More
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.Read More
A handbook published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers discussing the steps taken towards achieving gender diversity in news media organizations.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.
More GMMP findings on online news: