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: COVID-19 and gender equality

In the light of the COVID-19 crisis, you can find an overview of publications about the gendered impacts of the pandemic and how media can cover on it in a gender-sensitive way in our latest post.

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
Good for business or the right thing to do? – Motivations and strategies of media managers to promote gender equality in the workplace 2020 Global Free Press Unlimited research report
Gender in the Information Society: Emerging Issues, Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme, Bangkok 2006 Global United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report
The Right of Access to Information: Exploring Gender Inequities 2016 Global Institute of Development Studies (IDS) academic article
Radio Journalism and Women’s Empowerment in Niger 2020 Niger Heywood, E. academic article
What Online Harassment Tells Us About Our Newsrooms: From Individuals to Institutions 2020 United States of America Women's Media Centre report
Study on Women Journalists in Europe 2018 Europe European Journalism Observatory EJO research report
Community Media and Women: Transforming Silence into Speech 2006 Global Pavarala, V. et al. academic article
Gender Equality in the Media Sector 2018 Austria, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom European Parliament report
Turn Up the Volume: Empowering Women Through Media 2016 Global BBC Media Action briefing
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 briefing
Beyond the Stereotypes? Images of Boys and Girls, and their Consequences 2017 Global Nordicom academic paper
Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture 2014 Global IWMF report