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Moving The Story Forward: The Role Of Women In Global Media

RFE/RLive discusses how women are represented in the media, both in and behind the headlines

More than 20 years after the UN Beijing Declaration called for more equal representation of women in the media, some progress has been made, but serious disparities between men and women in the media persist, both in terms of whose stories are told and who tells them.

Globally, women make up just 24 percent of the persons heard, read about, or seen in the media, according to the latest survey of 114 countries by the Global Media Monitoring Project. While emerging digital platforms seemed to promise an expanded space for women’s voices, the survey found that women’s relative invisibility in traditional news media has crossed over into the digital sphere as well.

How has the role of women in the media changed, and what are the challenges that remain? How does the lack of gender equality in the media stymie efforts to expand the rights and opportunities available to women? How does it limit the media’s ability to adequately and intelligently explain a broad spectrum of world events?

To address these questions and chart a way forward, we’re joined on this edition of RFE/RLive by a panel of journalists, advocates, and media experts.

Moving The Story Forward: The Role Of Women In Global Media

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Washington, D.C.--11:00 a.m. / Prague--5:00 p.m.

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Shahida Tulaganova-Yakub is the Managing Editor, Anchor, and Producer of “Current Time,” a joint RFE/RL-VOA Russian language TV news program serving Russian speakers in countries bordering Russia. An award-winning TV and radio journalist, Tulaganova is a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She was a popular presenter for the BBC’s Uzbek Service from 1996-2002, prior to her move to BBC Television. She won the 2006 Prix Europa for her film about young opposition activists in Azerbaijan called “How to Plan a Revolution.” Her film about passport forgery in the EU called “My Fake Passports and Me” produced for BBC Panorama has become a case study in investigative journalism. Her latest film, Airport Donetsk, was recently awarded first prize in Russia’s largest documentary film festival ArtDocFest.

Carrie Budoff Brown is Managing Editor of POLITICO, overseeing its European newsroom. Between 2009 and 2014, Budoff Brown served as POLITICO’s White House correspondent. She has covered the Senate, the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, the 2010 health care overhaul bill, Wall Street reform and various tax cut battles in U.S. Congress. Prior to joining POLITICO at its inception in 2007, Budoff Brown worked as a staff writer at the Hartford Courant and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Elisa Munoz is the Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), an organization that empowers women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry. She has over 20 years of experience in human rights, freedom of the press, and gender equality issues. Prior to joining IWMF Director of Programs, Munoz led the Crimes of War Education Project, and before that was an election monitor for the OSCE in the Balkans.

Karen Ross is a Professor of Media at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and author of several books on women in media, including "Gender, Politics, News: A Game of Three Sides" (2015), and "Gendered Media: Women, Men, and Identity Politics" (2009). Her research focuses on the ways in which gender and media collide, including the particularly fraught relationship between women politicians and there mediated experiences. She has recently begun to explore social media as new forms of political communication, both at the level of elite politics as well as grassroots feminist activism. She was a regional coordinator for the Global Media Monitoring Project’s latest report.

Emily Thompson (Moderator) manages RFE/RL's Lady Liberty project, which showcases the contributions of women journalists from RFE/RL and other outlets, and highlights issues affecting women in RFE/RL’s broadcast region. Prior to joining RFE/RL in 2013, she worked as a freelance correspondent, including for Global Post and Public Radio International, in addition to writing and editing for a variety of regional publications and international organizations, including the OSCE.