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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.

 


Bridging the gender gap in Canadian news

“What Gets Measured Gets Done” #WGMGD campaign aims to bridge the gender gap in news and information media by 2025.

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CSW 61: Ideas on ending media sexism

 Reflections by Jennifer Lee, U.S. Feminist Filmmaker and International Ambassador of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP)

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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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Clinton coverage in US media: Analyses

Analyses of Clinton coverage in U.S. media

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Twitter unveils plans to reduce gaps in representation of women and minorities on staff

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.

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USA: Report on the status of women in media

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.

 

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U.S: New research shows media bias against women as economic experts

Research findings by Media Matters on the presence of women as experts in economic news segments broadcast on three American cable news networks CNN, Fox News channel and MSNBC. The research conducted from April 1, 2013 to March 31,2014 found significant underrepresentation of women appearing as economists (9.6 percent) despite women's larger presence within the profession: "in 2012, almost 32 percent of new economics doctorate recipients were women".
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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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