"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.
Ageism in the media. A report on research on gender portrayal in German television and film.Read More
A documentary on the globalization of beauty standards.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
The Hungarian Women’s Lobby shares the preliminary results of the 2015 Global Media Monitoring Project at the conference "Women on the Agenda" on gender equality in the media.Read More
"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.Read More
Conservative Jewish newspaper HaMevaser removes all of the women from a photograph of world leaders linking arms in Paris during a solidarity march against terrorism following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.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
Globally, in what news medium is the gender gap in reporters the narrowest?
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Female news reporters are most present in radio at 41%, and least present in print news at 35%. The proportion of female reporters has increased most dramatically on radio compared to print and television news over the past 15 years.
Consult the Global Media Monitoring Project reports for more information.