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: Gender and media in times of COVID-19

In the light of the COVID-19 crisis, you can find an overview of gendered impacts of the pandemic and how this relates to media on our new page.

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
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.
A Glass Ceiling in the Online Age? Explaining the Underrepresentation of Women in Online Political News 2017 France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland Humprecht, E. and Esser, F.
A Study of the Diversity of Newsrooms in Nepal 2017 Nepal NEFEJ
More and more women give colour to community radio in Bangladesh 2017 Bangladesh Free Press Unlimited Rooijen, L. and de Blocq van Schelting, J.
Being a Female Journalist in Pakistan 2017 Pakistan Free Press Unlimited Vis, A.
Beyond the Stereotypes? Images of Boys and Girls, and their Consequences 2017 Global Nordicom Lemish, D. and Götz, M.
Baseline Study on the Working Conditions of Somali Women Journalists 2017 Somalia Somali Women Journalists, IMS
Speak Up Zambia! Interim Evaluation 2017 Zambia Free Press Unlimited Bednar, D.
Can Media Interventions Reduce Gender Gaps in Political Participation after Civil War? 2017 Liberia World Bank Group Mvukiyehe, E.
Community Radio Stops Child Marriage 2017 Bangladesh Free Press Unlimited Brandsma, T.