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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IJNet published tips for reporting about sex work, as mainstream reporting bears the effects of centuries of stigmatisation towards sex work.

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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.

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
Indonesia: Diversities and Media Discrimination 2019 Indonesia Nurhajati, L.
Een onveilig klimaat – onderzoek bedreigingen van vrouwelijke journalisten (research to threats of female journalists) 2019 Netherlands Odekerken, M.W.A. and Das, L.E.
Assessment of Studio Kalangou’s Impact on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Niger 2019 Niger Heywood, E.
Media, Access to Information and ICT and the Empowerment of Women & Girls in Malaysia (Executive Summary) 2019 Malaysia Media4Democracy.EU Ramey, V. et al.
Media, Access to Information and ICT, and the Empowerment of Women & Girls: Technical Assistance to the EU Delegation to Burkina Faso 2019 Burkina Faso Media4Democracy.EU Ramey, V. et al.
Videos smashing gender stereotypes go viral in Mali 2019 Mali Free Press Unlimited
Hostile Bytes; A study of online violence against women journalists 2019 Pakistan Media Matters for Democracy Kamran, H.
Representatie van Mannen en Vrouwen in Nederlandse Non-fictie Televisieprogramma’s (Gender Representation in Dutch Non-fiction Television Programmes) 2019 Netherlands Commissariaat voor de media
Rewrite Her Story: How Film and Media Stereotypes Affect the Lives and Leadership Ambitions of Girls and Young Women 2019 Global Plan international, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
How our partners help women in media reach the top 2019 Mali, Nigeria, Somalia Free Press Unlimited
Nigeria: A mentorship programme for journalists in Borno ‘broadens their horizon’ 2019 Nigeria Free Press Unlimited
Tackling Gender Inequality Through Access to Information 2019 Global ARTICLE 19