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
Save the Date: Final Evaluation Report 2018 Nepal Amigó, A.F.
Study on Women Journalists in Europe 2018 Europe European Journalism Observatory EJO
Women Journalists and Freedom of Expression: Discrimination and gender-based violence faced by women journalists in the exercise of their profession 2018 Americas Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Lanza, E.
Evaluation of the BNNRC Fellowship Programme 2018 Bangladesh Free Press Unlimited Bednar D. and Gorter, A.
Female Journalists in Syria: Reality and Challenges 2017 Syria Syrian Journalists Association
A Changing Asian Media: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities for Evolving Media in South and Southeast Asia 2017 South and Southeast Asia International Media Support (IMS)
Gender in Myanmar News 2017 Myanmar Myanmar Womens Journalist Society (MWJS), International Media Support, Fojo Media Institute Swindon, E.
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.