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With its original slogan, “gender equality in and through the media” GL is credited with creating a gender and media movement in Southern Africa and championing this cause across the globe through the UNESCO- coordinated Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG). In the Southern Africa region, GL leads the media cluster of the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance. Click here for the latest media report in the GL annual report.
From the original Gender and Media Baseline Study, GL’s cutting edge gender and media research portfolio has covered the full range of media education; gender within the media, and in media content. The 2015 Gender and Media Progress Study, GL’s largest research study yet, brings together all these components.
GL’s advocacy on gender and the media includes chairing GAMAG, hosting the bi-annual Gender and Media Summits, and several research and book launches. Policy work includes developing gender policies and codes of ethics with regulatory authorities; the Media Action Plan on HIV and AIDS and Gender that developed HIV and AIDS and Gender policies in 80% of the newsrooms of Southern Africa. Training includes the training tools that GL has developed; ongoing in-service training conducted with media training institutions; the pilot project to mainstream gender in media education and the Virtual Resource Centre VRC that houses case studies gathered through GL media monitoring. Over the last five years, GL’s research, advocacy and training work on the media converged in the Centres of Excellence for Gender in the Media in 108 newsrooms across Southern Africa. GL is also working with eight Centres of Excellence for Gender in Media Education.
GL coordinates the Gender and Media Diversity Centre, a partnership based on “connection, collection and collaboration” between media development NGOs and knowledge institutions. The Media programme’s target group includes media houses, journalism and media training institutions, media regulatory bodies, gender and media networks, trainers, researchers as well as journalism and media students.