"It is essential to promote forms of communication that not only challenge the patriarchal nature of media but strive to decentralise and democratise them: to create media that encourage dialogue and debate; media that advance women and peoples' creativity [...] Media which are responsive to people's needs". (The Bangkok Declaration, 1994) This blog seeks to encourage a critical engagement with questions about the gender dimensions of print, broadcast and digital media policy and practice. The posts highlight news, events, analyses and information from around the world in an effort to spur gender-focussed debate and action.
The Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Dubravka Šimonović is seeking input on good law practices regulating violence against women and sexual harassment online.Read More
A call for comment submissions from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on the updated draft of General Recommendation No. 19 (1992) on Violence Against Women.Read More
An article published in The Guardian (UK) outlining strategies to make news companies more inclusive.Read More
A call for applications by Gender Links and the South African Broadcasting Association on the topics of gender equality in media.Read More
A comprehensive toolkit for using Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for feminist movements and struggles. The report is produced by Just Associates (JASS), Women'sNet, and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
The South African Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday announced "strategic appointments in line with its commitment to gender equity".Read More
A tweet chat to discuss the role of the media in ending gender violence on Friday 28 November 2014, starting at 09:00 GMTRead More
A workshop for journalists to create awareness for fair, balanced and inclusive news coverage. Organised by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) and Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) with support from the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN). Uganda, 23-24 May, 2014.Read More
What proportion of news stories published on major news websites worldwide focus centrally on women?
You are correct! 19% of online news stories focus centrally on women according to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) findings. In the traditional news mediums however, only 10% of stories direct attention to women or deal with issues affecting women in particular ways.
More GMMP findings on online news: