"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 just-published BBC's gender pay gap report for 2017/2018 shows some progress has been made during the past year.Read More
A handbook published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers discussing the steps taken towards achieving gender diversity in news media organizations.Read More
White men disproportionately dominate most fields, but even the BBC's flagship political panel show seems incapable of gender (or ethnic) balance.Read More
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.Read More
"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.
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: