Report on European Union's Beijing+20 Actions

From Words To Action 1995-2015

European Women's Lobby evaluates how gender equality is implemented in the European Union and where it lags behind in its commitment to guarantee rights of women and girls. In accordance with the Beijing Platform for Action established in 1995, the report discusses 12 key areas for gender equality: women and poverty, education and training of women, women and health, violence against women, women and armed conflict, women and the economy, women in power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women, human rights of women, women and the media, women and the environment, and, the girl child.

The chapter dedicated to women and the media begins with an acknowledgement of the important relation between gender and media. The report then presents data critical for assessing the European Union's actions pertaining to Beijing+20 focus areas. The data confirms that the need for real progress is yet to be made.

The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) is identified as one of four "Good Practices" in the EU to develop women’s communication rights.  Nonetheless, a number of challenges are highlighted in the report followed by specific recommendations that can achieve far-reaching progress for gender equality in the media.

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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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