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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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 Organisation Author
First Quarterly Report 2021 Global Coalition for Women in Journalism (CWFIJ) Nazish, K. et al.
The Chilling: Global Trends in Online Violence Against Women Journalists 2021 Global UNESCO Posetti, J. et al.
Regulation, Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation in Media and Gender Equality 2021 Global International Media Support Vega Montiel, A., & Lygnerud Boberg, E.
No News Is Bad News Programme Evaluation 2021 Global Free Press Unlimited Myers, M, et al.
Sierra Leone Gender Analysis 2021 Sierra Leone Free Press Unlimited Nijhof, S.
Ethiopia Gender Analysis 2021 Ethiopia Free Press Unlimited Nijhof, S.
Bangladesh Gender Analysis 2021 Bangladesh Free Press Unlimited Gorter, A.
What Online Harassment Tells Us About Our Newsrooms: From Individuals to Institutions 2020 United States of America Women's Media Centre
The 5050 Project Impact Report 2020 2020 United Kingdom BBC Goswami, N. et al.
Women’s rights online; Closing the digital gender gap for a more equal world 2020 Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Uganda World Wide Web Foundation Chair, Ch. et al.
Reporting Facts: Free From Fear or Favour 2020 Global UNESCO Dragomir, M.
Radio Journalism and Women’s Empowerment in Niger 2020 Niger Heywood, E.