The Glass Ceilings: Women and Men in Southern African Media study is a comprehensive audit of women and men in Southern African media houses. Spanning 14 countries over a year starting in July 2008, Gender Links (GL) conducted the study in partnership with a network of researchers, gender and media activists and partners in the Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA) network as well as the Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC).

The research covered media houses (as opposed to newsrooms) in countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – except Angola. This study, presents the data and findings from 126 media houses (approximately half of all media houses) in 14 of the 15 SADC countries, representing 23 678 employees.

In 2018, Gender Links in partnership with the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and South Africa National Editors Forum (SANEF) are  undertaking a follow up research on the Glass Ceiling in South Africa.

This SA  study will be a follow up to the 2009 Glass Ceiling Research done by GL and borrows from the first Glass Ceiling done in 2006 in collaboration with SANEF. It also builds upon the recently completed Gender and Media Progress Study (GMPS) 2015, which had missing information on the composition of women and men in South African media.

Following an approach by the SANEF Diversity Committee to collaborate in updating the Glass Ceiling research and the development of an MOU for this collaboration, GL will work closely with SANEF in this research supported by the MDDA. GL and SANEFs collaboration on the research will assist GL to gain access into the different media houses and thus strengthen the data collection, publicity and advocacy around the research.

GL is initiating the research in line with Section J of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), which identified media as one of the critical areas of concern in achieving gender equality, under two critical areas, women’s equal participation in the media and decision-making positions.  It also undertakes the research in line with the revised SADC Protocol on Gender and Development that encourages States Parties to promote equal representation of women in the ownership of, and decision-making structures of the media. The research is expected to be complete by October 2018.

See attached document for the Executive summary from the 2009 regional report. Click here for the Launch Workshops report.

Click on the links below to read the country reports.

Botswana DRC Lesotho Madagascar Malawi
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia South Africa Swaziland
Tanzania Zambia Zimbabwe