Journalists Call for Gender Quotas in the Newsroom

Female journalists in Germany

called for legislations to ensure that 30% of executive positions across German

media industry are filled by women.

 

In a letter sent to over 250

editors and publishers across the country, the signatories from the Pro Quote campaign

emphasised that the newsroom is largely dominated by men. Currently, only 2% chief

editors at the 360 daily and weekly German newspapers are women, and three of

the 12 heads of public TV and radio stations are female.  Gender quota has

been a controversial policy which were introduced in several European

countries, including Germany and Norway.  Recently, the Germany's leading

daily business newspaper, Handelsblatt, introduced a gender quota of 30% .

 

Pro Quote campaign is an initiative

launched by German female journalists committed to overcoming gender inequality

in newsrooms across Germany.  Read the petition letter at: http://www.pro-quote.de/was-wir-wollen/