"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.


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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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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Equidad de género en la prensa escrita de la ciudad de Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

Representación de las mujeres y los hombres de la sección local en los medios impresos de la ciudad de Saltillo. El Diario de Coahuila, el Zócalo de Saltillo y el Vanguardia. Autores: Hernández Méndez, Hortencia  y Noriega, Sofía.


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Cyber violence against women and girls

IA report by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

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Eliminating Discrimination: Good Practices Questionnaire

A call for submissions from the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice.
Elimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes : Questionnaire concernant les bonnes pratiques.
La eliminación de la discriminación y el empoderamiento de la mujer: Cuestionario sobre buenas prácticas.

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Call for Papers: Gender, Politics, and the Media.

A call for papers on the subject of gender, politics, and the media, by the Journal of the Italian Association of Political Communication.

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Creating Stronger News Media Organizations by Increasing Gender Diversity

A handbook published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers discussing the steps taken towards achieving gender diversity in news media organizations.

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Media messaging and its impact on Afghan women

A survey  conducted by Cooperation for Peace and Unity (CPAU) as part of a joint project with TriVision in five major cities in five provinces in Afghanistan. Read More


Rights, Stereotypes, and Gender Equality Issues

What proportion of news stories published on major news websites worldwide focus centrally on women?


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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