Gaza's Female Fixers: Meet the Women Behind the News

Source: Aljazeera English
Authors: Ylenia Gostoli and Edmee van Rijn

Foreign journalists and correspondents working in conflict locations, and/or locations whose governments place limitations on their work, often collaborate with local journalists for their stories. The local journalist is known as a “fixer” in such cases, or, a person who does most of the background work involving arrangements with local people and offering resources to foreign journalists in order for them to prepare their stories. 

Currently, in Gaza only a handful of these “fixers” are women, a disproportionate number relative to their male counterparts. Women are already underrepresented as reporters in the local context as well as globally, according to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). Female fixers face discrimination from the men who are also seeking to help with stories. Further, female fixers hardly receive credit for their contribution in foreign journalism outlets.

Read more here and watch Ameera Harouda's TED Talk below on her experiences as the first female fixer in Gaza.



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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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In my view, society is less tolerant of sexist stereotypes in the media now than three years ago.

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