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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.

 


Documentary: The Illusionists

A documentary on the globalization of beauty standards.

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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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HUNGARY: GMMP at 'Women on the Agenda" conference

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.

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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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Newspaper edits out women leaders at Charlie Hebdo rally

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.

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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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Spain: Media, religion and gender in Europe conference

Conference announcement. Barcelona, 13 June 2014.

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Gender difference in reporters

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

Television
Radio
Newspaper

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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