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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.

 


16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

GMMP network activities around the world. Uks Research Centre on Women and Media (Pakistan); Prensa CIMAC (Mexico); Observatorio GEMA (Costa Rica)

 

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Equidad de género en la prensa escrita de la ciudad de Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

Representación de las mujeres y los hombres de la sección local en los medios impresos de la ciudad de Saltillo. El Diario de Coahuila, el Zócalo de Saltillo y el Vanguardia. Autores: Hernández Méndez, Hortencia  y Noriega, Sofía.

 

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Media Literacy Key to Closing Gender Gap

Dr. Shimi Kang reflects on the importance of media literacy for developing a critical awareness of media influence on understandings of sexuality, gender and ultimately lived gender equality.

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Tunisia Signs Media Freedom Declaration

Tunisia becomes the second country after Palestine to sign the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World.

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Survivors Not Victims: Afghan Women in News

Marzia Nawrozi on portrayal of Afghan women in local and international news.

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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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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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