Despite some progress in gender equality over the recent decades, all over the world the participation of women in the media lacks behind alarmingly. The media sector needs to show genuine efforts to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Female journalists face harassment and discrimination while doing their job. Physical, sexual and online abuse is a daily reality for many female media professionals. Nearly two-thirds of female journalists have been threatened or harassed online and more than half have even been threatened in person. Furthermore, women rarely occupy decision-making positions in newsrooms: close to three-quarters of the managerial positions in the sector are occupied by men.
Together with her partners, Free Press Unlimited works on empowering female journalists by improving working conditions in newsrooms and investing in the skills and opportunities of female journalists. We do that for example by:
- Building a network of female journalists
- Training and coaching media outlets on improving the working conditions