In a move to highlight the crucial role of national governments in pursuing gender equality in the media staffing and content, UNESCO is consulting with its 195 Member and 9 Associate Member States to showcase relevant actions taken by them towards realizing this goal.
UNESCO’s consultation with governments from across the world is taking the form of a global survey. Since 2015, 40 countries have already responded to the questionnaire, and UNESCO calls for more countries to join.
This is the final opportunity to participate. The questionnaire will be closed on 5 July 2016. The online questionnaire can be accessed here. For more information, please contact the Section for Media Development and Society of UNESCO (Zhiying Dai, z.dai(at)unesco.org or Alton Grizzle, a.grizzle(at)unesco.org).
The finding of the survey will be summarized in a global report which will serve three main purposes:
- Gather, analyze and distribute empirical data on progress towards achieving Strategic Objective J, relating to media and gender, of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA) from the stand point of government actions;
- Raise awareness of the topic among Member States and make recommendations as to how media and ICTs can be integrated into national gender policies and strategies, and
- Contribute to the 20-year review of the BDPfA.
The survey questionnaire draws on key action items as set forth in the BDPfA as well as relevant indicators of the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media resource published by UNESCO.
There are two seminal global studies in recent times which address gender and media issues. These are the Global Media Monitoring Project and the Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media. However, there is no comprehensive and collective report in the aspect of governments’ actions on media and gender although many governments have implemented programmes and policies in line with the Women and the Media strategic objective of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This global survey undertaken by UNESCO in cooperation with its Member States addresses this research gap.