Are women’s voices well represented or underrespresented in the media? How are women potrayed in the media? Is the media in the region attempting to advance gender equality as espoused in the 2008 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development? If not, how can the media do this better? These are some of the questions that the Virtual Resource Centre (VRC) of the GMDC provides answers to.

The VRC is an online resource centre for trainers, educators, journalists, gender and media activists and students. The VRC consists of gendered analyses of media products such as news, features, opinions, editorials, advertisements etc.

The media alerts are written as training resources and include an analysis of the articles and links to other training resources. The media article under analysis is attached as a jpeg to the case study.

Media alerts and highlights may be searched using the following criteria:
* Country
* Theme
* Skills
* GEM classification
(The GL Gender and Media classification system highlights whether an article illustrates a blatant or subtle gender stereotype; is gender aware or gender blind. Click here to read more on the GEM classification.)

Media alerts and highlights of the day

South Africa: are women free to wear what they want?

Chance for rural women: government focus is on ulocking opportunities for those in rural areas – The New Age

If you would like to contribute to the Virtual Resource Centre or comment on a case study please email media@genderlinks.org.za

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Children refuse to stay with mother, brand her a witch_New Vision Newspaper_13 April 2015

Children refuse to stay with mother, brand her a witch_New Vision Newspaper_13 April 2015

Name of article: Children refuse to stay with mother, brand her a witch (subtle stereotype) Name of Publication: New Vision Newspaper (gender blind) Date: 13 April 2015 Country: Zambia The story portrays the mother as a bad person who practices serious witchcraft such that her own children refuses to stay with her, which is a […]

Why Daily News thrives against all odds Name of publication: Daily News Date: 9 April 2015

Why Daily News thrives against all odds Name of publication: Daily News Date: 9 April 2015

Name of article: Why Daily News thrives against all odds Name of publication: Daily News Date: 9 April 2015 Country: Zimbabwe Theme: Gender Equality Skills: Language Genre: News GEM classification: Gender Aware Description: This is a profile of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) Group Chief Operating Officer, Sharon Samushonga, who has managed to lead the […]

Let’s fight sex-related violence (GBV gender aware)_Zambia Daily Newspaper_13 April 2015

Name of article:  Let’s fight sex-related violence (GBV gender aware) Name of Publication: Zambia Daily Mail Newspaper Date: 13 April 2015 Country: Zambia The story calls on stakeholders to fight sex related cases which are on the increase in Zambia. This story is gender aware story that gives an account of the experience of a […]

Woman referree breaks barriers_The Post Newspaper_2 April 2015_

Woman referree breaks barriers_The Post Newspaper_2 April 2015_

Name of article/story: Woman referee breaks barriers Name of Publication/Radio/Television station: The Post Newspaper Date: 2 April 2015 Country: Lesotho Theme: General Genre: News GEM classification: Gender-aware Description: Woman referee breaks barriers, is a story about a local sportswoman who successfully earned a career in football coaching and refereeing through hard work, perseverance and determination. […]

Press Release: “Hyena” Jail sentence is a failure to justice for women and girls in Africa

22nd Nov 2016 / Lilongwe – Malawi Women’s human rights organization alongside cultural and religious leaders from African countries currently meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi have condemned in the strongest terms the “lenient” sentence passed on a man arrested for knowingly sexually violating women and allegedly infecting  them with HIV-Aids. On Tuesday evening after the two-year […]

Triangle Project Marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Tuesday, May 17th will mark the 12th annual “International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia”, created to draw attention to the lives of LGBTI people globally and to call for an end to the often violent discrimination they face. This year’s theme relates to the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTI people, a matter close […]

JUDGEMENT IN HISTORIC SILICOSIS CLASS ACTION TO BE HANDED DOWN TOMORROW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE URGENT MEDIA ALERT: JUDGEMENT IN HISTORIC SILICOSIS CLASS ACTION TO BE HANDED DOWN TOMORROW Sonke Gender Justice, Section 27 and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) alert members of the media that judgment in the historic silicosis class action, Bongani Nkala and 55 Others v Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd and 31 Others, will be […]

Bleak future faces children raised in pubs_Malawi News_April 25-May 1, 2016

Bleak future faces children raised in pubs_Malawi News_April 25-May 1, 2016

Name of article:  Bleak future faces children raised in pubs Name of Publication: Malawi News Date: April 25-May 1, 2016 Country: Malawi Genre: Newspaper article GEM Classification: Blatant Stereotype Skill: Portrayal Theme: sex worker The story is about some commercial sex workers in Mzuzu who are raising their children in pubs to earn a living. […]

Sexist comments take tennis to dark ages

Sexism is still alive in sport and continues to set women and men apart. Sexist comments made by Raymond Moore a tennis executive took the sport “back to the dark ages” after making disparaging comments about women in tennis. Read more.

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) NGO Working Group Press Statement on the National Human Rights Institution

       The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) NGO Working Group, comprising Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO), DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, Kuru Family of Organisations, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBiBo) and MISA – Botswana Chapter and Rainbow Identity Association (RIA), are concerned that the government of Botswana and the United Nations […]

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) NGO Working Group Congratulates LeGaBiBo on landmark win

We, The UPR NGO Working Group congratulate one of our member organisations, LeGaBiBo, on its win in a landmark case on 16 March 2016. The Court of Appeal found that the Government of Botswana had acted unconstitutionally when it rejected the registration application of LeGaBiBo on 12 March 2012. The members of the Universal Periodic […]

60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women begins

Gender Links (GL) today joins government representatives, UN entities, activists and other civil society organisations at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 60. The session runs from 14 – 24 March 2016. This sixtieth session is the first CSW happening just months after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). This year, […]