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
The 50:50 Project 2019 United Kingdom BBC
Evaluation of the BNNRC Fellowship Programme 2018 Bangladesh Free Press Unlimited Bednar D. and Gorter, A.
Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2018 United Kingdom Girlsguiding
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 Foster, M. and Gibbons, S.
Jeune S3 Mid-Term Review Report 2018 Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo Jeune S3 Consortium Steering Committee Jeune S3
Attacks and Harassment: The Impact on Female Journalists and Their Reporting 2018 Global International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Ferrier, M.
Media4Democracy – Developing Technical Assistance Packages for EU Delegations 2018 Global Free Press Unlimited
Online Safety for Female Journalists in Pakistan 2018 Pakistan Free Press Unlimited
Women’s Rights: Forbidden Subject 2018 Global Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Men in 14 countries stand up for women in the media 2018 Global Free Press Unlimited
Quarterly Reports – Journalism in the Making: Analysing the Content of Emerging Syrian Media 2018 Syria Free Press Unlimited
Gender Equality in the Media Sector 2018 Austria, Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom European Parliament McCracken, K. et al.