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
Community Radio, Gender and ICTs in West Africa: A Comparative Study of Women’s Participation in Community Radio Through Mobile Phone Technologies 2013 Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone Nokoko, Institute of African Studies academic paper, case study/ies
Content Analysis: Measuring the Success of Journalism Capacity Building 2014 Global Deutsche Welle Akademie
Country Report: Censored Gender in Myanmar 2015 Myanmar Article 19 report
Can Media Interventions Reduce Gender Gaps in Political Participation after Civil War? 2017 Liberia World Bank Group academic paper
Community Radio Stops Child Marriage 2017 Bangladesh Free Press Unlimited story/stories
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) media landscape assessment
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. academic paper
A Study of the Diversity of Newsrooms in Nepal 2017 Nepal NEFEJ
Assessment of Studio Kalangou’s Impact on Women’s Rights and Empowerment in Niger 2019 Niger Heywood, E. evaluation
Media, Access to Information and ICT and the Empowerment of Women & Girls in Malaysia (Executive Summary) 2019 Malaysia Media4Democracy.EU report
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 report
Baseline Study on the Working Conditions of Somali Women Journalists 2017 Somalia Somali Women Journalists, IMS