"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.
An innovative recently released short film by the personal grooming company Gillette that seeks to challenge gender stereotypes in advertising is drawing mixed reactions.Read More
Weam Al Dakheel becomes the first woman to co-anchor the main evening news bulletin on Al Saudiya.Read More
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.Read More
The just-published BBC's gender pay gap report for 2017/2018 shows some progress has been made during the past year.Read More
Introducing Gender Equal Media Scotland (GEMScot), an initiative created to transform media in Scotland through feminist research, journalism and advocacy.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
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