We, women media unionists from the Asia Pacific region gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal, claim our rightful place in the media and unions. For this, media unions must effectively address issues of gender equity and adopt best practices in order to strengthen the numbers and voices of women in unions, especially in decision-making positions. Active mentoring; capacity building; leadership training; family-friendly union practices; implementation of policies against sexual harassment; and active engagement of men can remove barriers to women’s growth in professional as well as union settings.
Change has to come from within unions in order to make a real impact in the wider media environment. Unions must lead and make gender equity a priority and endorse the significant work being done by women and men activists towards furthering gender equity. Setting measurable targets will demonstrate a genuine commitment to making the goal of gender equity a reality. Towards this end, unions must implement the recommendations for the unions from the IFJ report Inside the News:Challenges and Aspirations of Women Journalists in Asia and the Pacific.
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