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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IJNet published tips for reporting about sex work, as mainstream reporting bears the effects of centuries of stigmatisation towards sex work.
The Freelance Journalism Assembly, run by the European Journalism Centre, published A Freelancer’s Guide on Gender Identity. It provides guidance on how journalists can report on issues relating to gender and represent women and LGBTQI+ people in their stories.
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.
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.
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.
Evidence base: Gender equality
|The Missing Perspectives of Women in COVID-19 News||2020||India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||Kassanova, L.|
|Women and Leadership in the News Media 2020: Evidence from Ten Markets||2020||Brazil, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom||Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism||Andı, S. et al.|
|Eerste resultaten Nederland Global Media Monitoring Project 2020||2020||Netherlands||Free Press Unlimited and WOMEN Inc.||Gorter, A.|
|A woman’s got to write what a woman’s got to write: the effect of journalist’s gender on the perceived credibility of news articles||2020||Netherlands||Klaas, E. and Boukes, M|
|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.|
|Radio Journalism and Women’s Empowerment in Niger||2020||Niger||Heywood, E.|
|Comparing Gender and Media Equality Across the Globe||2020||Global||Nordicom||Djerf-Pierre, M. and Edström, M.|
|Female Journalists in New Media; experiences, challenges and a gendered approach||2019||Pakistan||Digital Rights Foundation||Javaid, M.|
|The Safety of Women Journalists: Breaking the Cycle of Silence and Violence||2019||Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia||International Media Support (IMS)||Chocarro, S.|
|Money. Power. Stereotypes. Does gender equality in the media really matter?||2019||Georgia, Moldova, Russia||Fojo Media Institute||ISESP RA|