The July 2013 issue of Media & Gender Monitor notes that WACC's Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) for the years 1995 to 2010 reveals "a continued marked communication rights deficit for women in general, with a snail’s pace progress to closing the gap."
The editor, Dr. Sarah Macharia, points out in an editorial that media and gender issues must be kept at the forefront in the run-up to several events in 2015 -- the Beijing +20 review, adoption of a post-2015 development framework and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 15-year review.
Every five years since 1995, GMMP research has taken the pulse of selected indicators of gender in the news media, studying women's presence in relation to men, gender bias and stereotyping in news media content. The latest report shows that women make up only 24% of the persons heard, seen or read about in the world news media.
"Vigilance is necessary to ensure that communication rights, for women and marginalized groups especially, secure space and remain on the agenda," Macharia wrote.
However, she also notes, "awareness about different aspects of women’s communication rights has grown remarkably during the past two decades." Civil society initiatives continue to break new ground and the current issue of Media & Gender Monitor profiles work by WACC’s project partners in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
The issue may be read here.