Gender and Media Progress Study (GMPS)

GL conducted regional gender and media research in 2020 which had a key focus on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).This was inline with GL’s Voice and Choice campaigns undertaken by GL and its partners in  15 Southern African countries. Click here for the preliminary findings on the analysis of SRHR coverage between 2019 and 2020.  The 2020 GMPS will be launched in 2021 in the back drop of GL’s twentieth anniversary.

This 2020 GMPS research study follows the  2015  GMPS research covering 14 SADC countries which was a follow up to 2010 GMPS research conducted by Gender Links, the Gender and Media Southern Africa (GEMSA) Network and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).

Building on the Gender and Media Baseline Study (GMBS) of 2003; the HIV and AIDS and Gender Study of 2006 and the Francophone study of 2007 that combined these two studies, the GMPS covered four key areas. These are: general media practise; Gender and the Media; HIV and AIDS as well as Gender Violence.

The final GMPS report (available online), was launched in Namibia at the Gender and Media Summit in August 2016. Country launches of the report were done during the SADC Gender Protocol@Work Summits in 2016.

GMPS 2016 Begin-pg14finThe Gender and Media Progress 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. You can also buy individual chapters at R100 per chapter.

Ch 1: Gender and media in SADC
Ch 2: General media practice
Ch 3: Gender in media content
Ch 4: Gender in newsrooms
Ch 5: GBV and the media
Ch 6: Coverage of HIV and AIDS
Ch 7: Sexual orientation and gender identity
Ch 8: Gender-aware media practice
Ch 9: Gender in media education
Ch 10: Conclusion and recommendations