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
Attacks and Harassment: The Impact on Female Journalists and Their Reporting 2018 Global IWMF report
Global Report on the Status of Women in News Media 2011 Global IWMF report
Global Media Monitoring Project 2015 2015 Global WACC report
The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender 2014 Global Carter C. et al. book
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) report
Evaluation Gender Media Monitoring Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo 2016 Democratic Republic of Congo Free Press Unlimited evaluation
WINning strategies:Creating Stronger News Media Organizations by Increasing Gender Diversity 2018 Botswana, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, India, Jordan, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe WAN-IFRA case study/ies
The 50:50 Project 2019 United Kingdom BBC evaluation
Save the Date: Final Evaluation Report 2018 Nepal Amigó, A.F. evaluation
Tackling Gender Inequality Through Access to Information 2019 Global Article 19 briefing
Quarterly Reports – Journalism in the Making: Analysing the Content of Emerging Syrian Media 2018 Syria Free Press Unlimited report
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 research report