Gender and Media in the Asia Pacific

Gender equality in journalism and trade unionism is a central concern of the International Federation of Journalists.

In many countries, women are already leading and many others are getting the support, encouragement and training they need to succeed. Gender equality is not a women’s issue, it is a fundamental human right. Within the media, it is absolutely critical. 

Across the Asia Pacific region there great stories of women journalists breaking down barriers and through glass ceilings to become key figures in the media community and creating a path for future generations. 

Of utmost importance is the undeniable need and responsibility of the media to inform and educate the public on the issue of gender equity, when it is being violated and what can be done to protect and maintain it.

IFJ Asia Pacific Gender Work: 

Inside the News: Challenges and Aspirations for Women Journalists in Asia and the Pacific

In June 2015, the IFJ Asia-Pacific published Inside the News, with support from UNESCO and UNWomen. The report, which focused on seven countries from the Asia-Pacific region including, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu, documented the challenges and success stories for the region in terms of gender and the media. 

Women are entering the media professional in large numbers, yet their representation across all areas of the media remains inadequate. On average across the Asia-Pacific, women make up 28.6 percent of the media workforce. Women continue to be restricted by stereotypical beats, and face more job insecurity, lower wages and gender discrimination but they are multi-skilled and usually working across more beats than men.

Read Inside the News Initiates file downloadhere. 

Read the country reports on gender and media in the Asia Pacific: Initiates file downloadCambodia, Initiates file downloadIndia, Initiates file downloadMalaysia, Initiates file downloadNepal, Initiates file downloadPakistan, Initiates file downloadSri Lanka, Initiates file downloadVanuatu

Jane Worthington, IFJ Director, Laxmi Murthy and Sujata Madhok, IFJ South Asia Gender coordinator at the launch of Inside the News in Bangkok in June 2015. Credit: Lance Woodruff

SAMSN Gender Network meeting, July 2015 - Sri Lanka

In July 2015, the IFJ and FMM co-hosted the SAMSN Gender Network meeting in Colombo. The meeting brought together representatives from each of the SAMSN countries, as well as the South Asia gender coordinators. The meeting, which was supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, allowed the SAMSN members to discuss the challenges and successes in their country's, the recommendations from the Inside the News report and worked as a strategic planning opportunity for the year going forward. 

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