"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.


CALL FOR INPUT: Online violence against women

The Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Dubravka Šimonović is seeking input on good law practices regulating violence against women and sexual harassment online.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Recommendation on Violence Against Women

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.

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Strategies to Achieve Media Gender Equality

An article published in The Guardian (UK) outlining strategies to make news companies more inclusive.

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Call for Applications: Gender and Media Awards 2016 Summit

A call for applications by Gender Links and the South African Broadcasting Association on the topics of gender equality in media.

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ICTs for Feminist Movement Building: Toolkit

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).


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Gender equity in practice: Public broadcaster announces strategic appointments

The South African Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday announced "strategic appointments in line with its commitment to gender equity".

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16 Days: Join the conversation at #GBVChat

A tweet chat to discuss the role of the media in ending gender violence on Friday 28 November 2014, starting at 09:00 GMT

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Uganda: Turning the page of hate

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.

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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



The Right to Freedom of Expression is essential for Gender Equality

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