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13/03/2020 @ 12:30 - 14:00

On March 13th, 2020, join the GFMD Women in Media Working Group for a panel discussion on the effects of gender-equal reporting on the role of women in society. The event, co-organised by GFMD, CFI, Fondation Hirondelle, Free Press Unlimited, IMS, and Sembramedia, with support from Fojo Media Institute, is taking place as an NGO parallel event at the 64th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (NGO CSW64).

The aim of the panel is to outline how news media can play a role, as both a problem and solution, in shaping perceptions and norms around gender equality. As an example, through news media’s potential to perpetuate negative gender stereotypes or the misrepresentation of victims of gender-based violence. The panel will question exactly how this can happen while also exploring how media can be harnessed as a tool to combat this stereotyping and misrepresentation. Further, the panel will highlight issues of gender stereotyping in media, developing concrete takeaways for audiences on how to facilitate inclusive gender portrayals in and through media. Panelists will underscore the lack of universal ethical standards for gender sensitive guidelines regarding gender portrayal in the media, initiating necessary conversations on this subject going forward.

Panelists for the event are:

  • Joyce Barnathan (Moderator): President of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ);
  • Tidiani Togola: CEO and founder of Tuwindi;
  • Dr. Emma Heywood: Lecturer in Journalism, Politics, and Communication at the Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield;
  • Bochra Triki: Feminist activist, co-founder of Chouftouhonna, and developing podcasts with with Inkyfada;
  • María Florencia Alcaraz: Journalist, writer, editor, and co-founder of LATFEM.

The discussion is taking place at 12:30 – 14:00 on March 13th. The event is free to attend and entirely open to the public. More information about NGO CSW64 can be found here.


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