India: Our public intellectual spaces are women free

Source: Thehoot.org*
Date published: 26 August, 2014

"Why does the media never invite women to comment on publicly debated issues such as the reform of the Planning Commission, asks DEVAKI JAIN.

Public platforms, especially those which are supposed to debate critical, upfront policy issues, systematically do not include women.

They are invited when the issue is a concern for women, the most common being sexual violence. The other instance is on the issue of quotas, as in the matter of   reservation of seats in Parliament for women. Then there are instances of public causes where Bollywood stars are pressed into service, as in the case of Vidya Balan coming out to persuade women to build toilets.

Women, who may not only be spokespersons for women, but for all the other publicly debated issues, the latest being the reform of the Planning commission, are not there."

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*The Hoot is a media watch website created under the auspices of the Media Foundation, based in New Delhi.
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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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