Freedom of speech and gender equality - Time for news media to step up!

Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö

Aika: ma 2.5. klo 10.00– 13.30

Side Event of the World Press Freedom Day on 2 May 2016 organised by Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (Finland).

Time: Monday the 2nd of May, 2016 , 10:00-13:30
Venue: Aurora Hall, Finlandia Hall, Mannerheimintie 13 E, Main Building, Level 1

The media plays a crucial role in reflecting the diversity of society. Media shapes our understanding of the world, how we think and act. Equal opportunities for men and women to participate in the media are essential for a democratic public sphere. Media can both promote and hinder gender equality as inequalities in the society are reproduced in the media.

Despite the increasing political pressure to ensure equal participation of both men and women in the media, the Global Media Monitoring Project 2015 shows that the progress has been slow and has now virtually halted. Women are still underrepresented in the news media, both as news subjects as well as sources of information and opinion. Women’s relative invisibility in the traditional news media has also replicated in digital media. Further, gender stereotypes and sexism have proven to be persistent. In this panel experts draw on global and Nordic experiences discussing the ways in which men and women are (in)visible, (un)voiced and portrayed in the media and address the gender equality dimension of freedom of expression.

Speakers:

  • Aimée Vega Montiel, Vice President, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMC) and Head of Latin American Chapter, UNESCO ‘Global Alliance on Media and Gender’ initiative (GAMAG )
  • Sarah Macharia, Global Coordinator of Global Media Monitoring Project, WACC
  • Hanne Jørndrup (Roskilde University), Maria Edström (University of Gothenburg), Elisabeth Eide (HiOA Oslo), Jonita Siivonen (University of Helsinki) and Valgedur Anna Johannsdottir (University of Iceland), Nordic Coordinators of Global Media Monitoring Project 2015
  • Olga Stern, Founder, Genews - Swedish service that measures and visualizes the gender representation in digital newspaper
  • Christian Jensen, Editor, Dagbladet Information
  • Anu Koivunen, Professor, University of Stockholm
  • Johanna Vehkoo, Journalist and Founder of Long Play, publisher of longform journalism

Programme

10.00  Opening words by Annamari Asikainen, Ministerial Adviser, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Chair 2016 of the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality

Sarah Macharia, Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) coordinator, WACC:
    
The global gender media gap: Two decades of chronic inequality and a strategy to break the impasse

10.30 Panel: The Nordic Gender Media GAP - what does it look like and what can be done
about it?

Hanne Jørndrup (Roskilde University)
Maria Edström (University of Gothenburg),
Elisabeth Eide (HiOA Oslo)
Jonita Siivonen (University of Helsinki)
Valgedur Anna Johannsdottir (University of Iceland)
    
Comment: Anu Koivunen, Professor, University of Stockholm

Coffee with sandwich

12.00 How to close the gender media gap?

Christian Jensen, Editor, Dagbladet Information
Olga Stern, Founder, Genews
Johanna Vehkoo, Journalist and Founder of Long Play

12.45 Aimée Vega Montiel, Head of Latin American Chapter of the UNESCO ‘Global Alliance on Media and Gender’ initiative (GAMAG):

'Women's Human Rights and Gender Equality in and through the media. Challenges and future perspective

13.05 Closing discussion
13.30 Closing of the session

Moderator: Johanna Korhonen, Journalist


Register here by Friday the 22th of April, 2016.

Contact: Project coordinator Heidi Haggrén, heidi.haggren@stm.fi, tel. +358 295 163 038

 

 

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