Gender equality

Gender and Media Resource Guide

Media play an essential role in working towards gender equality in society. This Gender and Media Resource Guide is the place to find everything you need to promote gender equality in and through media, including:

  • Gender equality in media content
  • Gender equality in the media sector
  • Campaigning and advocacy
  • Gender mainstreaming

Each of the following sections presents practical tools and background information about gender and media, as well as examples of successful approaches.

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Latest: Gender and media in times of COVID-19

In the light of the COVID-19 crisis, you can find an overview of gendered impacts of the pandemic and how this relates to media on our new page.

Gender and media

An introduction to basic gender concepts and information about why gender and media matter.

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Gender equality in media content

Worldwide, women are underrepresented in media and often portrayed in stereotypical ways. There is an enormous potential for media to show a wider variety of roles and behaviors of people of all genders, thereby challenging gender inequalities and expanding the range of people society looks up to as role models.

Explore this section to find out about different strategies to promote gender equality in media content.

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Gender equality in the media sector

Gender inequality is clearly visible in the media sector and journalism profession. Women are usually a minority in media organisations, especially in high-level and decision-making positions. Women journalists face unique barriers and safety risks.

Explore this section to find out more about different strategies related to gender in the media sector and workplace.

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Campaigning and advocacy

Campaigning and advocacy are crucial to achieving the legislative and policy environments necessary for gender equality in the media.

Explore this section to find out about different mechanisms and movements being used around the world.

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Gender mainstreaming

When working on a media development project, it is crucial to mainstream gender within its design, implementation and evaluation.

Explore this section to find out how gender mainstreaming can address the concerns and needs of both men and women within every stage of the project cycle.

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Evidence base: Gender equality

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Source Year Country Author Type
Gender aspects of employment and career in the media sector of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine 2020 Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine Fojo Media Institute research report
Media Pluralism Monitor 2020: Hungary country report 2020 Hungary Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom - European University Insitute case study/ies, research report
Media Pluralism Monitor 2020 2020 Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eastern Europe, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom - European University Insitute briefing, media landscape assessment, policy brief, research report, trend report
Gender in Myanmar News 2017 Myanmar Myanmar Womens Journalist Society (MWJS), International Media Support, Fojo Media Institute research report
Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape 2016 Myanmar Fojo Media Institute research report
Money. Power. Stereotypes. Does gender equality in the media really matter? 2019 Georgia, Moldova, Russia Fojo Media Institute research report
Gender in the Belarusian media landscape 2017 Belarus Fojo Media Institute report
Women Journalists and Freedom of Expression: Discrimination and gender-based violence faced by women journalists in the exercise of their profession 2018 Americas Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report
The 5050 Project Impact Report 2020 2020 United Kingdom BBC report
Nigeria: A mentorship programme for journalists in Borno ‘broadens their horizon’ 2019 Nigeria Free Press Unlimited story/stories
How our partners help women in media reach the top 2019 Mali, Nigeria, Somalia Free Press Unlimited story/stories
Righting Gender Wrongs: A Study of Law Enforcement Responses to Online Violence Against Women 2018 India IT for Change research report