UNESCO’s Director General calls for greater female representation in the media
UNESCO is working with media partners and a wide range of other stakeholders from across the world to actively promote gender equality in and through the media.
During the Global Forum on Media and Gender which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2 to 4 December 2013, the Organization will facilitate discussions and partnership building on the critical need for increased female representation in media content and management, and push for the implementation of policies to reduce the equality gap.
“Too often still, the media reflects and sustains discriminatory attitudes to gender, failing to represent the voices of women or to report on such crucial concerns as gender-based discrimination, including violence against women. The fact remains also that women still have relatively little decision-making power inside media organizations,” noted UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova.
The Director-General believes this Forum will “give new momentum to global efforts to promote gender equality in and through the media, by strengthening international cooperation through a Global Alliance for Media and Gender”.
She added “the organization and the project aspire to “catalyse deep change for women’s empowerment and gender equality in and through media,” which in turn will also “contribute to shaping an ambitious post-2015 development agenda.”