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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.

 


Saudi Arabia: News anchor makes history

Weam Al Dakheel becomes the first woman to co-anchor the main evening news bulletin on Al Saudiya.

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Pakistan: Trolls target women journalists

The Coalition for Women in Journalism has noticed with grave concern the online threats and harassment women journalists in Pakistan face while doing their jobs. As Election 2018 approach, these online attacks are intensifying.

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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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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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GMMP's Jennifer Lee Wins Fullbright Award

GMMP Ambassador and feminist filmmaker Jennifer Hall Lee awarded a Fullbright scholarship.
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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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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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Germany: Gendered ageism on the screen

Ageism in the media. A report on research on gender portrayal in German television and film.

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Rights, Stereotypes, and Gender Equality Issues

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

13%
15%
17%
19%

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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