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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.

 


App to correct gender imbalance in sources

The Financial Times is taking steps to correct gender imbalance in the sources quoted in its news stories.

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India: Our public intellectual spaces are women free

Why does the media never invite women to comment on publicly debated issues such as the reform of the Planning Commission, asks DEVAKI JAIN.

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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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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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Response to Paikin: Where all the female experts are

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.

 

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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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