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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.

 


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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Gaza's Female Fixers: Meet the Women Behind the News

An article by Al Jazeera on the experiences of local female journalists in Gaza who work with foreign correspondents, referred to as "fixers". Featuring also a TED talk by Gaza's first female "fixer" Ameera Harouda.

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Creating Stronger News Media Organizations by Increasing Gender Diversity

A handbook published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers discussing the steps taken towards achieving gender diversity in news media organizations.

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Report: A new report about “Violence and Harassment against women in the News Media”

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the International News Safety Institute (INSI) published the report  “Violence and harassment against women in the news media”. The 40-page report reveals the experiences of nearly 1,000 female journalists around the world. Read More

Ireland: Civil society holds national broadcaster accountable

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) calls audiences to complain to the national broadcaster RTÉ on the launch of a new sitcom 'The Centre' that negatively portrays a transgender woman character.

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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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