About Women Make the News 2016

UNESCO in collaboration with the Global Alliance on Media and Gender launches the Women Make the News 2016 initiative under the theme “Gender Equality in the Media is Sustainable Development”: Gender Equality in the Media by 2030, in commemoration of the International Women’s Day (8 March).

This year’s theme reinforces that of 2015 and comes on the heels of historical consensus reached on the Geneva Framework on Gender and Media International Development Cooperation  which calls for deepening partnerships to support, enable and finance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the media.

The WMN 2016 advocacy efforts will also continue to push for change and will include the following features:

  • Promote an increase in female sources interviewed as experts in the news to at least 30%;
  • Invite international development organizations as well as private corporations to announce or Submit an initiative/commitment for gender equality in media! (click to view) in connection with the Geneva Framework on Gender and Media International Development Cooperation which is described below;
  • Invite stakeholders to profile a woman on the website of their homepage in solidarity with the Women on the Homepage Initiative.

We are inviting editors-in-chief, journalists, and bloggers of newspapers, radio, television on and offline to join UNESCO’s initiative, and to produce special supplements/programme on related topics and/or to entrust women journalists and reporters with editorial responsibility for the newsroom for a limited period over the duration of the WMN initiative, from 1 March to 5 May, encompassing the International Women’s Day (8 March) and the World Press Freedom Day (3 May). 

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