UK: Gender media portrayal evidence of sexist culture - UN Special Rapporteur

Source: BBC News, U.K.

Date published: 15 April, 2014

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo has spoken out on the "boys' club sexist culture" in the U.K., noting that "British media [is] responsible for negative and over-sexualised portrayals of women, with some websites and TV channels dealing in the marketisation of their bodies".

According to the BBC News report, Manjoo said sexism in the UK was more in your face than in other countries, and raised serious concerns about the portrayal of women and girls in the media.

Watch the video and read the report here.

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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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