Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries + Resource Bank of Good Practices
Date: November 27, 2018
AGEMI Overview & Goals
The Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (AGEMI) project takes an innovative and integrated approach to combating gender stereotypes and promoting an equal, diverse and inclusive media sector.
It has three primary elements:
– a Resources Bank of Good Practices;
– a set of Learning Resources;
– and encounters between media and journalism students and media professionals.
It is being developed by a group of researchers and practitioners from three universities (Newcastle, Padova, Gothenburg) and two associations of media professionals (EFJ and COPEAM).
We believe that working together in an interdisciplinary team of educators and practitioners will enable us to produce materials and resources which will benefit both students and media professionals.
We know that the media industry, as with all other professions, have not achieved gender equality in terms of access, representation or decision-making, but we also know that there are many examples of good practice which have been initiated by individual media organisations in an effort to respond to the problem of inequality.
By raising awareness of both the problems of gender inequality but also the range of good practices which have been developed to address them, media and journalism students will be encouraged to develop strategies which will support them in developing a gender-sensitive practice when they enter the industry.
AGEMI also recognises the importance of encouraging interactions between students and practitioners and includes two types of encounter, a summer school and internships which will bridge the education-employment gap in ways which will enable mutual learning and knowledge exchange.
In this way, students gain experience which will help their employability as well as entering their chosen profession as women and men with a better understanding of how to challenge gender inequalities. For their part, media professionals will have an opportunity to input directly to the education and training of the next generation of potential colleagues.
This approach maximises the potential for transformative changes in attitudes (through awareness-raising), behaviour (through professional practice) and culture (through sharing and implementing good practices).
Good Practices for Media Gender Equality
One of the core output of the AGEMI project is a Resources Bank of good practices that contribute to foster gender equality in and through the media.
You can access the AGEMI Resources Bank in three different ways. You can visually explore the dataset surfing different types of good practice or inequality issue; search semantically for good practices through keywords; navigate the interactive map and see where the good practices are located.
These good practices are collected from around the world so as to reflect the richness of initiative ideated by communities and organizations globally.
The collection is openly accessible to individuals and organizations committed to making gender equality a reality through institutional and cultural interventions.
Good practices can address a number of inequality issues, such as representation and stereotypes, employment and working conditions, access to decision-making and leadership positions, access to resources and education, knowledge production and information sharing, harassment and abuse, and governance.
Good practices can be of different types, from monitoring to awareness raising initiatives, training and education (including leadership training), career development, gender equality policies and codes of conduct, advocacy websites and networking for information sharing and collaboration.
AGEMI invites media professionals and their organizations – as well as individuals, advocates, scholars and students – to share further good practices with the AGEMI community.
You can contribute to enrich the AGEMI Resources Bank by filling in this Google Form. We aim at making this a sustainable and ever-growing collection through which gender equality transformative practices are made visible and better known across the world’s regions.