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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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 Stories Women Journalists Tell; Women in Media in South Asia 2014 Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Seshu, G.
Content Analysis: Measuring the Success of Journalism Capacity Building 2014 Global Deutsche Welle Akademie Spurk, C. and Lublinski, J.
The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender 2014 Global Carter C. et al.
Making Waves: Media’s Potential for Girls in the Global South 2014 Global BBC Media Action Sugg, C.
Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture 2014 Global International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Barton, A. and Storm, H.
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 Fortune, F. and Chungong, C.
Does Gender Determine Journalists’ Professional Views? A Reassessment Based on Cross-National Evidence 2012 Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda Hanitzsch, T. and Hanusch, F.
Global Report on the Status of Women in News Media 2011 Global International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Byerly, C.M.
Community Media and Women: Transforming Silence into Speech 2006 Global Pavarala, V. et al.
Gender in the Information Society: Emerging Issues, Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme, Bangkok 2006 Global United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gurumurthy, A. et al.