At a time when the global mantra is to “leave no one behind” the media persists in leaving half the world behind! This is the key finding of the second Southern African Gender and Media Progress Study (GMPS). Twelve years since the Gender and Media Baseline Study in 2003, the GMPS follows up on monitoring conducted in 2010, as well as a range of other studies on gender within the media and in media training. The study, conducted by Gender Links in partnership with media training institutions across the region, found that women predominate in media studies (64%) yet constitute only 40% of media employees and 34% of media managers. Women’s views and voices account for a mere 20% of news sources in the Southern Africa media, up by just three percentage points from the GMBS, and lower than the global average of 24%. The 2015 GMPS probes deeper than ever before, with chapters on coverage of HIV and AIDS and Gender Violence, as well as a new chapter on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) in the Southern African media. The study includes a chapter on gender aware coverage that gives a glimpse into the brighter future we strive to create. 2030 – yes we can and yes we must achieve gender equality in and through the media!
Download the GMPS 2016 Executive Summary.