Research shows women far from equality with men in the media

AP News
Posted: Nov 23, 2015 8:28 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New research supported by the United Nations agency promoting women's rights has found that women make up only 24 percent of the persons heard, read about or seen in newspaper, television and radio news — exactly the same percentage as in 2010.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called the research "a wake-up call to media houses and newsrooms."

The Global Media Monitoring Project, conducted at five years intervals by the advocacy group World Association for Christian Communication has been supported in 2010 and 2015 by UN Women.

The project's global coordinator, Sarah Macharia, said the report released Monday examined the visibility, voice and mention of women and men in the news media in 114 countries "and finds a sexism that has endured across decades and geographical boundaries."