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:
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(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

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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 […]


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 […]

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, […]

International: IFJ report highlights high levels of gender discrimination and violence against women in the media

Brussels, 7 March 2016- In a report released on International Women’ s day (8 March), the Gender Council (GC) of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) highlights high levels of gender discrimination and violence against women in the media across the globe. “We have hit a plateau, a place where movement and change appear non-existent,” states the […]

International: Celebrating International Womens Day

On 8 March 2016, the world celebrates International Womens Day (IWD) under the banner Step It Up for Gender equality. This is the first IWD celebration since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals which include a specific goal to attain gender equality.Read more on IWD message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNWomen Executive Director on IWD […]

DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights Press Statement on International Women’s Day

“There can be no sustainable progress without progress for girls and women. They are the change agents of our future”. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, 2015 2016 is the Africa Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of women  On 8 March 2016, The Gender Thematic Working Group of the Comprehensive […]

Honduras: JASS Condemns Murder of Berta Cáceres and Calls for an Independent Investigation

Thursday, 03 March 2016 – We are deeply saddened and outraged by the assassination of Honduran activist—our sister and friend—Berta Cáceres, Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). “The loss of this extraordinary indigenous feminist activist, environmental defender, and community leader takes our breath away and fills us with […]

India: Women’s right to communicate stifled

India’s village of Gujarat is reported to banned women and girls from using cellphones. This greatly stifles young girls and women right to communicate which is a fundamental and basic human right for all.This will further exacerbate the communication inequality that exist in developing socities. Read more from the Independent.