International dialogue on gender equality in the media

The first International Development Cooperation Meeting on Gender and Media will be be held from 7 to 10 December 2015 in Geneva, SwitzerlandThe Global Alliance on Media and Gender, a partnership involving over 800 media, civil society, academic, private and governmental organizations, incuding IAWRT, will also hold its first general meeting.

GAMAG is designed to be the global mechanism through which the gender and media section (J), of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPA) can be systematically implemented and monitored.

Women’s participation, their leadership and fair representation in media and technology are way below that of their male counterparts. After four decades of research and development actions, little change can be celebrated. The world famous actor, Geena Davis observed that at the present rate, it will take another 70 years to achieve gender equality in the media. This is more than four times the number of years agreed upon by the international development community to achieve the new sustainable development goals, by 2030.

The main aim of the high-level events is to initiate a dialogue about global development cooperation framework to achieve gender equality in and through media. The meeting will include various development actors such as UN agencies, funds and programmes, national and regional development organizations, governments, private sector and other international development organizations. Ministers, ambassadors, media, civil society, and development executives as well as leading experts will be in attendance.

Topics will include ingredients for a global development cooperation framework on gender and media, online media and youth, gender and media as a business and development model, and strategic linking between policy and research on gender and media.

The events are co-hosted by the Republic of Lebanon and the Hellenic Republic (Greece) and supported by close to 20 UN organizations. Both events will coincide with the International Human Rights Day, December 10. 

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