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Gender Equality in the Media

On 7-8 December 2015, the International Development Cooperation Meeting on Gender and Media hosted by UNESCO was held in the Palais Des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It was set to strive towards breaching the gender gap between men and women in the media.

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Glimpse of the opening ceremony of the International Development Cooperation Meeting on Gender and Media.

Despite the improvements on the portrayal of women following the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Plan on Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, women are still not fairly represented by the media. They are still not fully able to self-express without the criticism. According to a report published in 2015 by The Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) , gender inequality has increased from 17% to 24% in the news in a span of 10 years from 1995 to 2005. Also, the percentage of stories in newspapers; television and radio newscasts that are reported by women lies at 37% only.

Women with influence like Ms. Colleen Morna, CEO of the Gender Links, Chair of the GAMAG-ISC and Ms Amina Lzmrini El Ouahabi, President of the HACA in Morocco mentioned the patriarchal culture that creates this gender gap in Media. This culture is thought to be resistant to change. The Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Getachew Engida stated that both the patriarchal culture and changing the men’s mindset is what makes achieving gender equality harder. However, he also stated his view on media’s role by saying “Of course media can be key to achieving equality. The fair representation of both men and women in a society indicates gender equality.”

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Junior Reporter with Deputy Director-General, Mr. Getachew Engida

Further more on gender and media, L. Kretsos, Secretary General of Information and Communication in Greece said “There’s still a lot to be done to breach the gender gap in media.” Gender Equality would be more achievable if gender divides was to be reduced immensely as there would be more opportunities for women to self-express, have a voice and not be disregarded in the media. As Ms. Colleen briefly spoken, “Gender equality is good for freedom of expression, good for democracy and good for business.”

The high officials involved in the meeting all believe that women are still under-presented in the media and throughout taking initiatives like advancing on what has been said in the Beijing Declaration, Gender Equality could be reached sooner than 2030.

 

GAMAG General Assembly

The GAMAG held its 1st ever general assembly throughout 9-10 December 2015, to act on the resolutions of the International Development Cooperative Meeting on Gender and Media. It was also held in the Palais Des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) was formed in 2013, in Bangkok. The strategic objectives of Section J in the Beijing Declaration and Platform Action (BPFA) are still unachieved and one of them is “Promote a balanced and non-stereotyped portrayal of women in the media. Actions to be taken.” This urged GAMAG and its partners to campaign for Section J’s targets achievement by empowering, financing and supporting gender equality in and through the media.

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A glimpse of the panels going on at the General Assembly.

This general assembly was also aiming to strive for gender equality in media systems, structures and content by toughening international, national and regional cooperations that would allow stakeholders to work together to make a global change. To push them forwards,  Mr. Alton Grizzle; Programme Specialist in communication & information in UNESCO, has said “GAMAG is you, GAMAG is work.” Sarah Macharia, the GMMP Global Coordinator and Manager , believed that only by ending sexism in media by 2020, gender equality could be achieved before 2030. Sarah also mentioned “we have to revolutionise our strategies to see what works.” There were also sub-comitties in the general assembly such as the Youth group set by the ‘Youth Leadership Council’ (YLC) to work on activities that would operationalise GAMAG and apply what has been said in the meetings to their everyday lives.

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Junior Reporter، Abdullah AlHumaidi, taking part in the discussion to enquire about how Gender Equality can be enhanced using Media, Technology and Information.

The meeting’s high officials like Aimée Vega Montiel, the president of the IAMCR, told the audience the importance of gender equality in media organisations by stating “The higher the position, the fewer the woman in media.” A Gothenburg’s university researcher, Maria Edström, added on the significance of having a fair representation of men and women by mentioning “We cannot have freedom of expression and freedom of information without gender equality.” Like a wake up call to the audience, Dominic Beaubrun, board director of the CBU, emphasised on the injustice of media towards women by revealing that “women are continuously portrayed in a negative way & degraded by the media.”

General Assembly ended with a note assuring that there will be a follow-up and will build on the progress of the strategic objectives of Section J of the BFPA and that GAMAG will monitor the progress. The high officials also urged the audience many of which are part of media organisations to start taking action, speak of injustice and stand up for gender equality.

الملتقى الإعلامي الخليجي لسعادة وزراء الإعلام لدول مجلس التعاون الخليجي

يشارك مركز الدوحة لحرية الإعلام في فعاليات “المعرض الإعلامي” الذي افتتح مساء أمس بفندق شيراتون الدوحة بالتزامن مع الدورة الثالثة والعشرين لمؤتمر وزراء إعلام دول التعاون الخليجي.

ترأس الإفتتاح سعادة الشيخ عبدالرحمن بن حمد ال ثانى الرئيس التنفيذى للمؤسسة القطرية للإعلام ، وذلك بحضور سعادة الشيخ عبدالعزيز بن ثانى ال ثانى مدير تلفزيون قطر، والسيد علي ناصر الكبيسى مدير الإذاعة والسيد عبدالرحمن ناصر العبيدان مدير مركز الدوحة لحرية الإعلام بالإنابة ومجموعة من الإعلاميين ومسؤولي المؤسسات الإعلامية بقطر.
وقد نالت فعاليات المعرض إشادة كبيرة واستحسانا من طرف الزوار نظرا لأهميته في إثراء الحياة الإعلامية في قطر بكل ما هو جديد وحديث، فضلا عن كونه فرصة هامة للإلتقاء بالإعلاميين والصحفيين من داخل قطر وخارجها.

وتضمن جناح مركز الدوحة لحرية الإعلام عرض أهم إصداراته وأحدثها من بينها “دراسة عن قوانين الإعلام فى دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي” ، و”التقرير السنوى الثالث” الذي يسلط الضوء على القضايا الملحة التي تواجه الصحفيين خاصة ظاهرة الإفلات من العقاب.

كما شمل الجناح عددا من اللوحات الكاريكاتيرية تتناول حرية الإعلام و حائط للتعبير بعنوان “ماذا تعني حرية الإعلام ؟” وهو عبارة عن جدارية يدون عليها الزوار آراءهم .

وشاركت إلى جانب مركز الدوحة لحرية الإعلام مجموعة من المؤسسات الإعلامية القطرية من بينها المؤسسة القطرية للإعلام، إذاعة وتلفزيون قطر، صوت الخليج، جريدة الشرق، جريدة العرب، جريدة الراية، جريدة الوطن، قناة الكأس، قناة الريان، قنوات بن سبورت و وكالة الانباء القطرية.

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Junior Reporters In Paris for UNESCO WPFD ’14

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The Doha Center For Media Freedom junior reporters team has arrived in UNESCO headquarters, Paris for the international World Press Freedom Day.

DCMF hosted its own Press Freedom Day on the 3rd of May.

The junior reporters will be working with budding young journalists from all around the world. 

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Hello and welcome to our blog!

We are a group of students supported by the Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF), a press freedom organisation based in Qatar, to cover international media events where DCMF is represented.  As young aspiring journalists, we call ourselves “Junior Reporters”.

DCMF launched this project back in 2011 with UNESCO international celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Tunis, Tunisia.

The contribution of the junior reporters was so successful that DCMF decided to repeat the project at iPI World Congress in May 2013 in Amman, Jordan and at UNESCO Global Forum on Media and Gender in December in Bangkok, Thailand.

This desire to give students an opportunity to cover high-profile events about media development and press freedom is part of DCMF’s broader efforts to promote youth media literacy.

DCMF media literacy efforts are also complemented by trainings of teachers and students in schools across the Middle East and advocacy efforts with government institutions and educational institutions. Since its launch in 2011, DCMF has trained more than 600 students.

We hope that you will enjoy reading this blog and benefit from our live coverage of numerous international media conferences.

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