"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.


Why the question "who makes the news?" matters

Why the question “Who makes the news?” matters for equality, feminism and society. A personal take by behind-the-scenes Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) student intern Esther Franke.

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Tunisia Signs Media Freedom Declaration

Tunisia becomes the second country after Palestine to sign the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World.

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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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EUROPE: Petition to Strengthen Laws Against Sexism in the Media

"We ask the European Union to strengthen its laws against sexism in the media in line with the views of the European Parliament ( 2008/2038; 2010/1751; 2012/2116) and treat sexism in the same way as racism or xenophobia". Sign the petition here.

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Media monitoring: A training webinar

Learn how to apply the Global Media Monitoring Project methodology using print examples.

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Canada: Challenging sexist treatment of women in media

Women using social media to voice concerns about how celebrities, athletes and politicians are treated by the media.

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What will shape women's rights over the next 15 years?

Share your thoughts through an online discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Guardian (UK) online news invites your participation. Read More

Participez! Éliminer la discrimination contre les femmes dans l'agenda post-2015

Une discussion à l'occasion de la Journée Internationale des Droits de la personne le 10 décembre, organisée par Wikigender et Genre en Action.

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Gender difference in reporters

Globally, in what news medium is the gender gap in reporters the narrowest?


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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Who Makes the News blog seeks to encourage a critical engagement with questions about the gender dimensions of print, broadcast and digital media policy and practice.

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