Women are still underrepresented in the media. In the positions they occupy as well as the way they are portrayed. The media sector needs to show genuine efforts to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Equal opportunities and rights
The statistics of women in the media are alarming:
- 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 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. **
- Women rarely occupy decision-making positions in newsrooms: close to three-quarters of the managerial positions in the sector are occupied by men. ***
Together we can and shóuld change this. By improving the content that media produce and working towards a fair gender portrayal in and through the media. But also by changing the operations in the media sector itself. Improve the working conditions in newsrooms and start investing in the skills and opportunities of female journalists. And last but not least, by highlighting the importance of gender equality in and through the media and putting this in everyone agenda.
To emphasise the importance of gender equality, Free Press Unlimited and her partners are organising the 3rd edition of Move4Women on March 8th. In the last two years, thousands of people and media organisations in 14 countries took to the streets. With banners, music, debates and speeches, they made Move4Women into a worldwide movement.
Join the movement!
Show solidarity and speak out for a better position and fair portrayal of women in the media. Take action and join Move4Women on March 8th. This is what you can do:
- Attend an event in one of the following participating countries: Bangladesh, DRC, Indonesia, Mali, Nepal or Somaliland;
- Take a selfie with one of the shout-outs, available in four different langages, and post it on social media. Don't forget to add #M4W19 (downloads below);
- Speak out on Twitter and show that gender equality in and through the media is important to you. Don't forget to add #M4W19;
- Use a Move4Women Facebook frame and adjust your profile picture.