"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.
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
Analyses of Clinton coverage in U.S. mediaRead More
Like in many other technology companies, women and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in Twitter's workforce.The company now demonstrates willingness to begin to correct the highly unrepresentative staffing.Read More
The Women’s Media Center announces the publication of the WMC Status of Women in U.S. Media Report 2015. The study looked at the 10 most widely circulated newspapers in the U.S., the national evening news broadcasts, the most-viewed Internet news sites and two international wire services.
Response to Canadian television programme host Steve Paikin on the question: “Why won’t women come on our show?" Ultimately, lack of a systematic strategy to achieve gender parity in content and staffing.
Researcher Meg Heckman finds that the underrepresentation and undervaluation of women in traditional journalism has continued into the digital journalism world.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.