Negative attitudes towards women journalists IFJ said that despite the fact women comprise at least 38 per cent of the workforce in journalism, less than one per cent of media executive posts are held by women.
IFJ said that despite the fact women comprise at least 38
per cent of the workforce in journalism, less than one per cent of media
executive posts are held by women. The list of obstacles is
Negative attitudes towards women journalists, lack of equal pay,
lack of access to further training, lack of access to decision-making
positions.etc.The International Federation of Journalists, the
world's largest journalists' group, further says "Around the world the
struggle for equality in media is a constant battle for recognition of
women's rights. The issue is always there whether it is in
discrimination over jobs and pay or in the diet of sexist and
titillating journalism that still contributes to the difficulties faced
by women in all sections of society," the IFJ said.
Now we have
questions. Why do media characterise women negatively exposing ? Why do
media not give importance to create public opinion to fight the causes
which put women in vulnerable situations? Why are women journalists
still identifying stereotyped attitudes, unfair treatment, and job
insecurity ? Why we are not making effective efforts to mainstream a gender perspective in policies and programs? Even
the Beijing Platform underlines the increased participation of women in media. We have
more questions: Have there been advocacy efforts to monitor and work
with media, gender-sensitive training for media professionals, media
owners and managers? How much has women's participation in media
increased since last decade?Globally, the media shows little
interest in women's issues, most is negative.
The media does not seem to
have given adequate attention. Regarding women's issues the media
has been at worst sensationalist and irresponsible. Few women are given
space as well in the news and informative features in print and
electronic media. And even in the presentation of some women
celebrities, more importance is given to their personal affairs than
their capabilities and achievements.
Even women's participation
in journalism, including electronic and print media, marked a rise in
last couple of years but most of them give up the profession for various
problems. There is also a lack of women's representation in agencies.
Their roles are limited. Work environment needs to be encouraging.
Another common feature of media's presentation of women is their
objectification of women as entertainment fixtures or sex symbols. The
women movie artists are attacked with vulgar language. Women's limited
participation in media is considered a major obstacle to a positive and
inspiring portrayal of women. A woman has to take care of her
profession after looking after their family. The media should
inspire all to make opinions and decisions on development, human rights,
women's rights and women's place in a society.
magazine argued: " Women's groups have to pay more attention to their
relationship with media. They should ensure a continuous lobby for a
gender-sensitive national media policy. They should also work toward
clarifying to reporters, editors and other media practitioners, in terms
of disposition and skill, the intricacies of incorporating a gender
perspective into their work".
Media can influence and should
provide accurate guidance about women's issues. As we know most of the
plans have remained silent about women's participation in the media
sector. Globally, there are some policies such as the national policy on
communications, Press and Publication Act, national-broadcasting
by-laws, made but they are not implemented in true spirit. Sexy
and wrong characterisation of women have to be stopped.
Women's participation should be encouraged in journalism. The media
should also analyse the involvement of women in economic, social and
cultural aspects and help improve the situation.
More and more women
should be encouraged to join the editorial section of the media. It is
important that the journalists should have a positive attitude towards
women's issues. Similarly, the presentation of women in the media in a
manner which exploits them physically as well as mentally should be
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