Workshop 26/02 in Brussels – Advancing Gender Equal Media: Challenges, Strategies and DIY Culture


26 February 2019 | 14.30-17.30 | Press Club Brussels Europe

The problem of women’s unequal access to and representation in mainstream media is not new and research studies focused on the European media industry over at least the past 30 years have demonstrated the challenges women face in developing a career in the media and being represented in ways which reflect their lived experience.

Come and join us at the launch of the AGEMI (Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries) project and web platform where you can find a range of useful resources focused on aspects of gender equality, including a large Resources Bank of Good Practices and learning resources which include mini-lectures and filmed interviews with media practitioners on topics such as representation, culture, policy, advocacy and leadership.

Gender issues must be part of journalism education, training and editorial practices.

AGEMI has piloted two activities to build links between students and the world of work through its summer school and internships. Including such activities as part of media education encourages gender-sensitivity amongst the next generation of journalists and thus has the potential to influence the wider media landscape.

A range of stakeholders have taken significant steps to challenge gender inequality in the media. Knowledge exchange is both necessary and timely, particularly in advance of the Beijing+25 review which will take place in 2020 with the aim of informing the implementation and raising awareness of the gender-media dimensions of the 2030 gender-equality agenda.

Join us to celebrate the launch of this much-needed new resource and engage in a productive dialogue to make a change!

The event is free but please register here by 19 February 2019.

/Draft schedule for the launch (subject to change)
14:30 – welcome refreshments
14:40 – welcome and brief background to AGEMI
14:50 – policy discussion #1 –  Michaela ŠOJDROVÁ, European Parliament
15:10 – media industry discussion #1 – Safia Kessas, RTBF (Belgian public service broadcaster)
15:30 – policy discussion #2 – Cécile Gréboval, Council of Europe, Gender Equality Division
1550 – break
16:10 – demonstration of AGEMI platform
16:40 – researching gender equality – Maria Edstrom, University of Gothenburg
16:50 – policy discussion #3 – Asha Allen, European Women’s Lobby
17:10 – media industry discussion #2 – Martine Simonis (AJP)
17:30 – close/drinks reception

For more information, please contact: Karen.Ross@newcastle.ac.uk