Political is Personal. In Women's Voices

Successful implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women’s full and equal participation in peace processes necessitates an accurate understanding of women’s experiences, women’s approaches to peace-building and their responses to conflict. 

Mainstream news media coverage of peace and security issues however tends to be marked by deep gender bias and underrepresentation of women's voices.

To illustrate, evidence from recent media monitoring research in 15 transitional countries found that only 13% of the subjects and sources in stories related to peace and security were women.  Only 39% of the women were directly quoted in contrast to 60% of the men in the stories. (See Global Media Monitoring Project GMMP 2015 report, Annex 14)

Some groups have made effort to fill the gap by creating spaces for women living in transitional and conflict situations to build public awareness about their experiences. One such initiative is Political is Personal (PiP), "a project of interviews conducted with individual Palestinian and Israeli women conveying how the conflict has affected their lives. Their stories help to personalize one of the most seemingly intractable conflicts in the world".

PiP provides a safe space for the women to share their experiences of the long-running conflict in their own voices.

Read the stories here.

Photo: Women, media and development (TAM), GMMP Palestine Media Monitoring Team.


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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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