Media Launch of the GMMP 2015 Caribbean Regional Report

The Jamaican Observer featured the 2015 GMMP Regional Report for the Caribbean in their article last Monday, focusing on the reports' results and how to achieve gender equality in their media outlets. Women in the Caribbean region make up only 28% of the news presence.

The regional report for the Caribbean had its media launch on Wednesday July 13th 2016 where Professor Hopeton Dunn, the director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), addressed the audience with evidence from the report on women’s under-representation in various categories. An example being radio news, where women in eight out of the fourteen Caribbean countries with data were underrepresented in comparison to their male counterparts, indicating that over half of the countries in the Caribbean region experience gender inequality in radio news.

The professor stressed that these outlets take responsibility to work towards increasing women’s presence in their coverage, as well as give women the opportunity to report on stories that are predominantly reported by men, and give women credit for their work as well rather than to quote men on their behalf.

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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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