"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.
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.Read More
IA report by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development.Read More
Why the question “Who makes the news?” matters for equality, feminism and society. A personal take by behind-the-scenes Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) student intern Esther Franke.Read More
Tunisia becomes the second country after Palestine to sign the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World.Read More
Marzia Nawrozi on portrayal of Afghan women in local and international news.Read More
A call for submissions from the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice.
Elimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes : Questionnaire concernant les bonnes pratiques.
La eliminación de la discriminación y el empoderamiento de la mujer: Cuestionario sobre buenas prácticas.
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
What proportion of news stories published on major news websites worldwide focus centrally on women?
You are correct! 19% of online news stories focus centrally on women according to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) findings. In the traditional news mediums however, only 10% of stories direct attention to women or deal with issues affecting women in particular ways.
More GMMP findings on online news: