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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.

 


CSW61: Reflections. "Feminists of the World, Unite!"

Jelena Visnjic's reflections on the pre-CSW conference "Gender and Media: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post 2015 Era" hosted by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) in New York.

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CSW61: Reflexiones 2

Reflexiones de Vilma Peña (WACC Latinoamérica y el Observatiorio GEMA de Costa Rica) sobre la consulta pre-CSW61 "Género y medios: Desafíos y oportunidades en la Era Post 2015" organizada por WACC en Nueva York. 9 -11 de marzo de 2017.

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Media Literacy Key to Closing Gender Gap

Dr. Shimi Kang reflects on the importance of media literacy for developing a critical awareness of media influence on understandings of sexuality, gender and ultimately lived gender equality.

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Why the question "who makes the news?" matters

Why the question “Who makes the news?” matters for equality, feminism and society. A personal take by behind-the-scenes Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) student intern Esther Franke.

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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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When only men make the news

OPINION: by Sushmita S. Preetha, The Daily Star, Bangladesh. On the onset, it seems women are everywhere in the media. You switch on the TV, there is inevitably an attractive woman luring you into buying a product. On the radio, there is the 'young new thing' vivaciously flirting with her male co-host while shuffling through songs; and in print, the entertainment pages would simply not sell without a titillating image of a female celebrity and a scoop on her latest rendezvous. But take a closer look, beyond the objectified and stereotypical images of women, being manufactured and mass consumed ad nauseam, and where are the women, really?

 

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Step it Up for Gender Equality Media Compact

The Step it Up Media Compact aims to be a mutually beneficial agreement though which valued media partners are invited to scale up their focus on women’s rights and gender equality issues through high-quality coverage and editorial decisions, complemented by gender-sensitive corporate practices.

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Twitter unveils plans to reduce gaps in representation of women and minorities on staff

Like in many other technology companies, women and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in Twitter's workforce.The company now demonstrates willingness to begin to correct the highly unrepresentative staffing.

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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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