EVENT: Advancing Gender Equal Media: Challenges, Strategies and DIY Culture

On behalf of Karen Ross, an event of interest to WFTHN members:

Advancing Gender Equal Media: Challenges, Strategies and DIY Culture26 February 2019 | 1430-1730 | Press Club Brussels 

The problem of women’s unequal access to and representation in mainstream media is not new and research studies focused on the European media industry over at least the past 30 years, including work commissioned by EU institutions, have demonstrated the challenges women face in developing a career in the media and being represented in ways which reflect their lived experience. In 1995, the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women took place in Beijing and from that gathering, the Beijing Platform for Action emerged as a global call to eradicate gender equality from society: one of the critical areas of concern identified was the media. In the same year, the first Global Media Monitoring Project took place which monitored how women and men appeared in news media around the globe. Every five years since the BPfA, reviews have been undertaken to see how far the original ambitions have been met, along with various ad hoc studies undertaken by NGOs, EU institutions and civil society organisations.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, each review and new piece of research finds that although there has been progress, it is slow and uncoordinated, so further indicators are developed, further strategies written. Both the European Parliament and the Council of Europe have produced research and recommendations around gender equality and the media: media organisations have been active in developing internal initiatives to support women’s careers or designed actions to monitor gender-bias in content, but they rarely tell anyone else about them. Civil society organisations and individuals have also been active over the past few years and, impatient for a gender-equal future, have been working hard to bring the issue to public attention through the use of digital platforms and hashtag activism such as #metoo and #timesup. However, despite all this good work, the goal of achieving gender equality in the media remains elusive, not least because there are no mechanisms through which to promote the good practices which have been initiated.

That is, no mechanisms until now!

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of the AGEMI  (Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries) project and web platform where you can find a range of useful resources focused on aspects of gender equality, including a Resources Bank of (around 100) Good Practices and learning resources which include mini-lectures and filmed interviews with media practitioners on topics such as representation, culture, policy, advocacy and leadership. Gender issues are rarely included as a specific aspect of journalism training so AGEMI is addressing this absence. AGEMI has also piloted two activities to build links between students and the world of work through its summer school and internships. We believe that including such activities as part of media education encourages gender-sensitivity amongst the next generation of journalists and thus has the potential to influence the wider media landscape.

As well as demonstrating the AGEMI platform, we will also hear from a range of stakeholders about the work they are doing to challenge gender inequality in the media.We believe this kind of knowledge exchange is both necessary and timely, particularly in advance of the Beijing+25 review which will take place in 2020 with the aim of informing the implementation and raising awareness of the gender-media dimensions of the 2030 gender-equality agenda. We hope you can join us to celebrate the launch of this much-needed new resource and engage in a productive dialogue and we hope to see you in Brussels.

The event is free but please register here by 19 February 2019.

For further information, please contact Karen Ross

DRAFT SCHEDULE for the launch (subject to change)

14:30 – welcome refreshments
14:40 – welcome and brief background to AGEMI
14:50 – policy discussion #1 – European Parliament (speaker tbc)
15:10 – media industry discussion #1 – Safia Kessas, RTBF (Belgian public service broadcaster)
15:30 – policy discussion #2 – Council of Europe, Gender Equality Division (speaker tbc)
15:50 – break
16:10 – demonstration of AGEMI platform
16:40 – researching gender equality and media – Maria Edstrom, University of Gothenburg
16:50 – policy discussion #3 – European Women’s Lobby (speaker tbc)
17:10 – media industry discussion #2 – Martine Simonsis (AJP)
17:30 – close/drinks reception


CfP: IAMHIST Conference – Media and History Revisited

XXVI Conference of the International Association for Media and History

“Media and History Revisited”

Indiana University (Bloomington, IN, USA), 17-20 June 2015

Closing date for proposals (extended): before March 1, 2015

Confirmed Keynote-Speaker: Robert Rosenstone 

Papers are invited for the biennial IAMHIST (International Association of Media and History) Congress, to be held at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN, USA) on the theme of “Media and History Revisited.” We welcome paper proposals on film, radio, television, and new media of all eras and nationalities shedding new light on longstanding or recent media historical topics. Themes to explore might include (but are not limited to):

  • Production, Distribution, and Reception Histories
  • Censorship
  • Adaptation
  • Economics and marketing
  • Media and National Identity
  • Transnational collaboration and conflict
  • Media as political and social discourse
  • Genre-based inquiry
  • The emergence and impact of new technologies / special effects
  • Conservation and archiving
  • Representation

Proposals for papers should be sent to prof Brett Bowles (bowlesb@indiana.edu).

Please include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a cover sheet with a brief biographical note, your institutional affiliation (where relevant) and your contact details (including your email address).

We welcome proposals either for individual papers or full panels of 3-4 papers. We anticipate sessions of 90 minutes (20 minutes per paper plus 30 minutes of questions / discussion).

Closing date for proposals:  1 March 2015

You will be notified of the acceptance of your paper by 20 March 2015.

It is expected that the conference fee will be approximately $150. Day rates and reduced rates for postgraduate students will be available. All participants are expected to be IAMHIST members. Membership includes several benefits, including a subscription to the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. Details about IAMHIST membership can be found on the website.

See more at: http://iamhist.org/2014/10/cfp-xxvi-iamhist-conference-media-history-revisited/#sthash.wQWVZ9LL.dpuf

CFP: IAMCR 2013 – Gender and Communication Section


The Gender and Communication Section invites submissions for its open session at this year’s IAMCR, held in Dublin, Ireland from 25-29 June 2013. The section seeks research that balances theory and practice, and explores the relationship between gender, media and … Continue reading