Inequality in the media
Women all over the world are underrepresented in the media, both in the positions they occupy as in the way they are represented. For example, only one in five experts interviewed in news media are women. As soon as journalists are looking for an expert opinion, women literally drop out of the picture.* Many female journalists also face harassment and discrimination while doing their job. Nearly two-thirds of female journalists have been threatened or harassed online and more than half have even been threatened in person.**
During this years Move4Women, media organizations in 15 countries participated in the international movement through various activities both online and offline. The activities varied from marching in the streets, organizing conferences and roundtable discussions. For example in Bangladesh, around 60 students, teachers and staff from our partner BNNRC walked with banners through the streets and held a talk show around gender equality. In Mali our partner Tuwindi Foundation held a digital campaign together with 70 young people in which they produced and shared videos and pictures to raise awareness on the importance of women in the media. Our partner Tempo Institute in Indonesia had both a panel of women discuss gender equality in the media and handed out a Move4Women Award to a student press group for their reporting on sexual harassment cases at a university in Indonesia.
Also online many people joined the movement en spoke out in support of women in the media. This was done by taking pictures with one of the ‘shout-outs’ and with the special Move4Women frame for profile pictures on Facebook. The movement was widely shared and spread, using the hashtag #M4W19. This was the third year that Free Press Unlimited organised Move4Women on International Women’s Day.