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"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.


BBC Gender Pay Gap Narrows

The just-published BBC's gender pay gap report for 2017/2018 shows some progress has been made during the past year.

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Discriminatory Practices Against Female Anchors in Egypt

An article by The New York Times regarding the recent suspension of eight female news anchors due to their body image.

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Creating Stronger News Media Organizations by Increasing Gender Diversity

A handbook published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers discussing the steps taken towards achieving gender diversity in news media organizations.

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UK: White men over-represented on BBC's political panel

White men disproportionately dominate most fields, but even the BBC's flagship political panel show seems incapable of gender (or ethnic) balance.

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UK: Gender media portrayal evidence of sexist culture - UN Special Rapporteur

BBC Report: UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo speaks out on the "boys' club sexist culture" in the U.K., and the over-sexualised portrayals of women in British media.

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BBC News: 100 Women

23/10/13 | (0) Comments |

"They hail from all over the world, and from walks of life. They do all kinds of things: they make music, save lives, raise children, run businesses, write, preach, act and tell jokes. They campaign for their causes and strive for a better world for themselves and their families.

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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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