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Inside the News – Challenges and Aspirations of Women Journalists in Asia and the Pacific

In many countries across Asia and the Pacific, women have increased their number in the newsrooms. But the media are still very male dominated: on the global scale women make up only 24% of the people heard, read about or seen in the news and only few manage to reach decision-making position within media organizations.

What are the working conditions and career development opportunities of women journalists in those countries? What challenges do they face and how do they address them? Can local good practices be emulated elsewhere? Which gender-sensitive policies are favoured by the journalists themselves?

The research study Inside the News – Challenges and Aspirations of Women Journalists in Asia and the Pacific released by UNESCO, UN Women and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) highlights how issues of gender impact the lives and work of journalists in the region with specific case studies from Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu. It comprises a regional report and recommendations to foster gender equality in the Media today. The recommendations are available in several languages of the focus countries (English, Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Malay, Myanmar, TamilThai and  Vietnamese).


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Inside the News: Challenges and Aspirations of Women Journalists in Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok; Bangkok: UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, 2015, 90p.

ISBN 978-92-9223-521-5 (Print version)
ISBN 978-92-9223-522-2 (Electronic version)



16.06.2015