Date: November 25, 2012
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With only 2 years to go before the 2015 deadline for the targets of the SADC Gender Protocol, media laws and policies remain weak on gender provisions. Results from the 2010 Gender in Media Education study showed that there are more women than men in media studies, but more male than female lecturers. Women constitute 41 % of media employees (32 % if South Africa is excluded) but less than a quarter of managers and only a handful of board members and top executives. Gender did not feature strongly in debates on access to information around the Windhoek Plus Twenty celebrations in 2011.However on a positive note early this year Gender Links developed a self-monitoring tool to help media houses assess progress towards achieving the SADC Protocol target of gender equality in and through the media. Click here to read the media chapter

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