Fojo Media Institute - gender

"We need to discuss how gender equality can contribute to independence, self-regulation and quality journalism"

MM Agneta 2 Media Development Conf 2016- We need to discuss how gender equality can contribute to independence, self-regulation and quality journalism, says Agneta Jacobsson while launching the IMS-Fojo in Myanmar study ”Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape” at the fifth Conference on the Media Development in Myanmar.

The new research is focused not only on Yangon but represents what is happening in the states and divisions (of Myanmar), an almost unexplored area when it comes to gender equality in the media.

Gender equality in and through the media on the increase in Zimbabwe

ZIM 16days events youngwomenmarch1 PhotoGenderLinksPhoto: Gender Links”I commend media houses in Zimbabwe that have agreed to become Centres of Excellence (COE) for gender in the media as it shows their commitment to achieving gender equality. Also, to acknowledge other media houses and journalists who are pushing boundaries for gender equality in their news coverage and institutional practices,” said Susan Makore, the head of ZiFM Radio in Zimbabwe at the launch of the Gender Media Progress Study in Harare, during a keynote address for the 2016 SADC Protocol @Work Summit on 17 November 2016.

The summit is an annual event which looks at how to empower women in the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s theme was 50/50 by 2030! Empower Women, End Violence.
Day three of the summit focused on the media and Gender Links, a regional organisation which convenes the summit, collaborated with Fojo partner organisation Gender Media Connect (GMC) to direct the day’s programme.

Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape

Myanmar Gender report picRead the report here.In the first study of its kind conducted in Myanmar, the report 'Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape' conducted by Fojo Media Institute with IMS' support, looks to assess the current status of gender equity in the country's media sector. The findings shed light on the relative position of women in the country's fledgling media scene.

While the Myanmar media sector continues its rapid development following the begining of a democratic reform process in 2011, gender equity in the media sector has not been examined closely or addressed until now. Although female media practitioners are well-represented in newsrooms making up for over 50% of staff on average, media institutions remain male dominated on levels of decision making. This results in two main challenges for women within the industry: a lack of opportunity to advance their careers and an absence of institutional mechanisms supportive of female media workers.

Based on UNESCO's model curriculum for journalism education, the study was undertaken acknowledging media's essential role in the promotion of equity in the Myanmar society. To change the existing gender roles, the media itself must mirror gender equity within the media institutions, both in policy and practice. A professional media that respects gender equity, promotes liberal values and a plural society can positively contribute to a country in transition like Myanmar and help shape its future.

The study "Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape" was conducted with the support of IMS and the Swedish International Development Agency Cooperation.

In Zimbabwe, staff at radio stations trained on sexual harassment

GMC Director presenting on sexual harassment in the workplace.GMC Director Abigail Gamanya presenting on sexual harassment in the workplace.Zimbabwean radio station Star FM has carried out sexual harassment training for their staff under the lead of Fojo partner Gender & Media Connect (GMC).

Abigail Gamanya, the Director of GMC and the person who conducted the training, was excited that Star FM had taken the initiative to reach out to GMC asking for training on sexual harassment.

Star FM extended the training to all their staff who are an almost 50/50 percent mix of women and men.
”The General Manager and Human Resources took the initiative and invited GMC. They said this training has never been done before,” said Abigail.

More female editors not enough

SO Somali Team jan 2017A group of 12 smiling women pose for the photographer, clutching a white certificate in hand.
The women are all journalists from Somalia and the smiles can be attributed to the fact that have just completed a leadership programme called ‘Women in News’ (WIN) and now have the paper to prove it too.
Behind them is a series of trainings and discussions aiming at empowering their professional journalistic skills and sharpen their leadership competencies.
Ahead of them is the exciting task of finding their own individual ways to incorporate all the newfound knowledge into their media careers.

New research: Gender in the Russian Media Landscape

With support from Fojo and its Russian partners, researches from the The Russian Scientific Academy Institution conducted a gender research during the autumn of 2016. The findings shows how gender bias is built into the power structures of media organisations and how women are the ones loosing out within the Russian media landscape.

The research shows that on the local level women make up more than half of the Russian executives in media, but closer to power, fewer women. In regional media 36 percent of the executives are women, in some regions the number is 60 percent. But among the 30 largest federal printed media the number was only 10 percent.

Gender in the Myanmar Media Landscape

New study on women’s roles in Myanmar media

Fojo staff in Yangon recently presented the first gender study of its kind ever conducted in Myanmar. As it raised awareness of the role of women in the media industry, the results were well received among local journalists and media professionals. Find the whole study below.

–Almost eighty per cent of our respondents agreed that re-entry after childbirth was difficult for women journalist, said Dilrukshi Handunnetti, researcher and writer of the study in a roundtable of the unique event, bringing up one of the findings in the research.

Gender Belarus

Unique research: Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape

From Belarus we hear about unrest and the arrests of people who are taking part in protests. At the same time, a unique research conducted by Fojo and its partners in Belarus show how gender bias is built into the power structures of media organisations and how women are the ones losing out.

Women Myanmar journalists in new society

MM MWJS working groupMWJS working group.– Thanks to Fojo for giving me training in Newsroom Management, says Cherry Htike when I meet her again at the first ever workshop organised by Myanmar Women Journalist Society, MWJS.

– Thanks to that, I can now run my reporters in a professional way, and work with a business strategy to develop our news agency!

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