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Latest items for WAM-PRACTICE-1

June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Under the IPA project Strengthening Media Freedom, a Report on the Situation regarding Gender Equality and the Status of Women in the Media has been prepared and will serve as the baseline document for the working party tasked with drafting the future strategy for the development of the public information system" (15). ". One of the advantages of prospective projects that are taken into account when awarding the funds is the contribution they would have to public information and improvement of the status and equality of all segments of the society, which has boosted the number and quality of the media projects addressing the issue of improving the status of...more
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In September a video clip of a Johannesburg woman on a bus beating a pupil with a disability went viral. In the clip the pupil, who has bipolar disorder, is seen being beaten with bare fists. The bus driver is seen stopping the altercation and forcefully pushing the child off the bus. The attacker, a school cook, was charged with assault and suspended. The bus driver was also suspended" (30). "In March a video clip of a white man threatening to attack a black woman inside a restaurant went viral on social media. The man had approached the woman to alert her that his child was bullied by her child,...more
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Much publicity was given to women devoting themselves for the good of the society and collective, building harmonious family and being exemplary in the upbringing and education of children. In particular, feature films, novels and plays criticizing such practices as disregarding women’s role and persisting in male chauvinistic attitudes were produced for wide dissemination. As a result, awareness of the position and roles of women in society and family was raised significantly and the atmosphere of respecting women and giving prominence to them has been fostered on a higher degree" (11).
May 15, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The media and the advertising sector continue to convey stereotyped and sexualized images of women" (7).
May 12, 2020, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Seventy-one percent of ever-married women and 30% of ever-married men age 15-49 reported hearing a family planning message in the past few months on television. Fifty-eight percent of women and 24% of men were exposed to family planning messages from print media such as newspapers, magazines, posters, bulletins, or booklets. Overall, women appear to be more exposed to family planning messages than men; 17% of women and 55% of men have no exposure to family planning messages in any of the four types of mass media assessed (radio, television, print media, and the Internet)" (pg 110).
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"The survey gathered information on exposure to family planning messages in the media among women and men age 15-49. In the few months prior to the survey, 23% of women and 44% of men heard a family planning message on the television; which makes television the most likely source of family planning messages. Respondents were also exposed to family planning messages via radio (2% of women and 7% of men), newspapers (3% of women and 19% of men), and mobile phones (1% of women and 2% of men). Despite these messages appearing in various media, 76% of women and 51% of men were not exposed to any family planning messages...more
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"Female journalists in particular faced threats of sexual violence and harassment, including via social media" (23).
Feb. 15, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Within the media system, the national public broadcasting service (RAI) adopted specific Guidelines to better and adequate portraying women." (para 38).
Dec. 14, 2019, 3:15 p.m.
Countries: South Korea

"Baeck is a member of EMIF, or 'Elite Without Marriage, I am going Forward,' a network created for women to host discussions, attend film screenings and hold networking events. At a recent evening meeting in western Seoul, nine members moved desks to form a circle to discuss being a 'bi-hon,' and the policies created to tackle South Korea's low birthrate" (para 22).
Dec. 14, 2019, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Dr Neelam Singh - who runs Vatsalya, an NGO combating female foeticide in Uttar Pradesh - warns the gap has widened significantly since those figures [on the Indian sex ratio] were published" (para 7). "In 2015, the Indian Government did introduce the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao communication campaign which aimed to 'change people's mindsets towards the girl child.' The policy had phenomenal success in Haryana where the state government led a push to prosecute those offering illegal abortions" (para 37-38).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China

"The state has enhanced guidance and management of the media and has trained media workers to enhance their awareness of gender equality. China has improved supervision to ensure news media and advertising agents exercise strict self-discipline and avoid any discrimination against women in the media by depreciating or denying their independent personality. China has vigorously publicized the positive contribution made by women to economic and social development. Women are playing an important role in the media. By the end of 2014, female journalists and editors had made up 44.1 percent of qualified staff in this area" (para. 36).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"'Music concerts are absurd because they are forbidden,' Jami tells RFE/RL. 'Music is bad for the mind, memory, and even human psyche. When a girl performs in front of strangers, the whole society is corrupted' (para. 14). "To be sure, Khorsand says there have been important advances for Afghan women since 2001 -- including language in the Afghan Constitution that enshrines the right to education and to work. Women are members of parliament and can be seen on television, competing in sports, and performing in concerts in Kabul" (para. 17-18).
Nov. 14, 2019, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"...articles began trickling out on websites affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards. Hoodfar, [Iranian-Canadian academic and feminist] one piece claimed, was a foreign agent. Another published a day later featured an elaborate infographic showing the purported financial links between funding bodies in the West and the organs of the 'feminist conspiracy' they supported. They alleged that her research was part of a sprawling conspiracy, an international network that with the aid of foreign funding has been seeking to infiltrate Iranian society and government. Not long thereafter, the regime began using Hoodfar and her foreign connections to tarnish influential figures in the Tehran women’s movement. Many of them have received the ominous...more
Nov. 8, 2019, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Attempts by rabbis like these to undermine this achievement are evidence of the panic they are feeling. They have no way to hinder the changes underway, particularly given the media's embrace of the report that the first woman has been appointed commander of an air squadron" (para 6). "Social networks and the media have given extensive coverage to the appointment of Major T. as squadron commander. They celebrate her historic achievement" (para 8).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The government-controlled media regularly broadcast public service announcements regarding domestic violence" (20). "The secretary of state of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Gender Equality participated in a parade in Malabo marking International Women’s Day and held discussions with women from various ministries on women’s issues and the role of women in society. National radio and television covered the events" (26).
July 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the negative perception of the concept of 'gender', as well as the persistence of discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, undermining women’s social status and their educational and professional careers. The Committee has been informed that such stereotypes and degrading images of women are conveyed through school textbooks and the media without sufficient monitoring" (5).
July 13, 2019, 12:03 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Women who put food on the table spoke out through WhatsApp and Facebook and rallied the people to defy the authoritarian regime. Women continued to lead peaceful street demonstrations, call for civil disobedience actions and take to social media in protest. Doctors, lawyers, students, teachers, and stay-at-home mothers have been steering the #SudanUprising for three months now, in the most sustained revolt against the regime in recent history. But women’s leadership, as is the case in countless countexts, is rarely recognised in the media. When it is reported, women are seen to have 'joined' protests – rather than being represented as leaders" (1).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications set up a technical working group to regularly monitor the spread of pornography and negative information and images of women on the Internet" (14).
July 9, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the information provided during the dialogue on the drafting of amendments to the national audiovisual policy and ongoing initiatives to cover gender equality in school textbooks. It is concerned, however, at: (a) Stereotypical and sometimes degrading images of women, especially of Roma women, in the media and the absence of gender equality education in school curricula and of relevant training for teachers" (5).
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned about the prevalence of discriminatory gender stereotypes in the media, in particular sexist portrayals of women" (5).
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned that some media contribute to the traditional division of roles in the family between men and women." (para 47).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In 2014, 67 journalists were trained and a Manual on Journalistic Good Practices to Combat GBV was published, to promote gender equality in media practices. Participants in the training established a virtual group (Voices) to further debate the way to implement gender sensitive journalism. Social communication is required to abstain from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation or disabilities, among others, while declarations found to incite to hatred are liable for criminal sanctions (Law 70/VII/2010, Law 71/VII/2010, Law 73/VII/2010, published 16 August, and Law No. 90/VIII/2015, published 4 July). The Social Communication Regulatory Authority (ARC), established in 2011 (paragraph 205 of CCD), in its 2016 annual report analyses the diversity...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Achieving a balanced gender ratio in scientific leadership positions, scientific bodies and young scientific/artistic staff is one of the targets of Austria’s outcome-oriented budget management. Having a balanced gender ratio in research, teaching and academic administration is one of the priorities of the Austrian University Development Plan for 2016 to 2021" (9). "In 2011, an Anti-Sexism Committee was integrated into the complaint procedure at the Austrian Advertising Council. The Committee provides academic expertise on complaints about gender-based discrimination in advertising. The Committee’s assessment informs the Council’s opinion on whether to recommend withdrawing the commercial in question. This is only a recommendation, however, and not a binding decision. The number of...more
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes, including by promoting the sharing of household duties and parenting responsibilities, in particular to address the stereotyped portrayal of women in the media, including by regulating broadcasting licences and creating the Swedish Media Council in 2011" (6-7). "The media and the advertising sector continue to convey stereotyped and sexualized images of women, and self-regulation does not sufficiently address that issue; The prevalence of pornography and the so-called 'sexualization of the public sphere' in the State party may exacerbate sexual harassment and gender based violence against women and girls" (7).
May 28, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes as positive Act No. 40/1995 Coll. prohibiting sexist and discriminatory advertising, but notes with concern the lack of practical enforcement of the Act and the insufficient capacity of supervisory authorities, including the Regional Trade Office, to promptly identify and remove sexist advertisements" (4).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"The ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis hampered media coverage and advocacy of women’s rights and investigations of violations of women’s rights" (36).
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The media and the advertising sector continue to convey stereotyped and sexualized images of women and the self-regulation of the media, including under the Advertising Code Foundation, does not sufficiently address the issue" (6).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Women’s Affairs also coordinated with several NGOs and local media outlets to produce radio and television programming on topics related to women" (26).
May 14, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In Nigeria, a Nollywood movie called 'Wives on Strike,' about a group of women who band together against a bad husband and father, was so popular it spawned a sequel and a television series" (para 23). "Billboards, talk shows and even hip-hop lyrics remind young women of their rights as wives. Government-sponsored radio programs broadcast sermons teaching women that they have the right to leave failing relationships" (para 26).
May 13, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the legislative and other measures taken to address discriminatory stereotypes and notes the pilot projects relating to the portrayal of transgender persons in the media. It is nevertheless concerned that: (…) (b) Stereotyped and sexualized images of women continue to appear in the media and advertisements; (c) Stereotyped media portrayals and negative images of ethnic minority women and migrant women undermine their ability to become better integrated into society" (7).