Regulation, Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation in Media and Gender Equality

Across the globe, media industries suffer from a significant gender pay gap and gender-based discrimination and harassment. Women are underrepresented in media professions in some contexts, a challenge particularly evident at the decision-making level. This is aggravated by inequalities – in newsrooms and society – that are increasingly mirrored in media content wherein women and men are often framed in stereotypical ways.

This briefing note is designed to give readers a basic understanding of the role of media regulatory and self-regulatory systems in promoting gender equality and inclusion. It highlights the main self- and regulatory systems that reflect or affect the role of media – from the perspective of gender – and will offer a basic understanding to inspire the reader to take action and initiate change in the field. The final goal is to help inspire the introduction of a co-regulatory system wherein both regulation and self-regulation models combine to improve women’s human rights and gender equality in and through media, telecommunications, and digital platforms.

Year Country Organisation Author Type
2021 Global International Media Support Vega Montiel, A. & Lygnerud Boberg, E. briefing
Theory of Change Keywords Download/link
Intermediate Outcome 3 gender equality, inclusion, regulations, regulatory mechanisms Download/link