UNESCO supports Global Alliance on Media and Gender at 29th Human Rights Council

, France

It is widely accepted that women rights are inherently human rights and that human rights must also be seen as women rights.” It is therefore fitting that during the 29th regular session of Human Rights Council UNESCO has joined forces with the Women’s World Summit Foundation, the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) and the Women’s UN Report Network to highlight issues related to gender equality in and through media.

The parallel session will take place on 17 June 2015 and is titled "GAMAG Europe – Issues & Challenges”. It will seek to launch a powerful European Sub-Regional Chapter of GAMAG that would connect and involve initiatives in the region.

This panel discussion will be a follow up to the GAMAG meeting at the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, promoting the relevance of gender and media to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It also follows the successful launch of the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of GAMAG at the International Forum: Gender, Media, ICTs and Journalism, 20 years after the Beijing Platform for Action, which was hosted by the Center of Interdisciplinary Research in Sciences and Humanities, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on 27 and 28 May 2015 in Mexico.

Together these initiatives are giving momentum and drawing the attention of governments and the development community to gender and media challenges and opportunities. Activities will continue through 2015 and will culminate with the First Joint International Meeting of Government, Development Organization and Private Sector on Gender Media and ICTs and the First GAMAG General Assembly.

The Global Alliance on Media and Gender is an outcome of the 2013 Global Forum on Media and Gender led by UNESCO in collaboration with UN Women, the Kingdom of Thailand National Commission for UNESCO, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations and other key partners, which took place in Thailand from 2 to 4 December 2013 and addressed gender equality and women empowerment in and through media.

GAMAG is a network of 600 media organizations and civil society groups from around the world. The International Steering Committee (ISC) of GAMAG reflects regional, linguistic and generational diversity, and includes representatives of key stakeholder sectors such as media professionals and their unions, media organizations, governments, civil society organizations, research organizations, international agencies and youth representatives.