Activity 2: bias in the media

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In week 2 of this Project, your lesson will explore biases in the media (newspapers, TV news, radio, etc.)

This article explains how women are badly underrepresented in the media. While we know 50% of people on the planet are women, this research found:

  1. Women only make up around 20% of expert news sources (that's the people who give journalists their information to write the articles). 
  2. Only 24% of the people in newspaper, television, and radio news are women.
  3. Only 4% of traditional news and digital news stories explicitly (outwardly) challenge gender stereotypes. 
  4. Women are only the subject of political and governmental coverage 16% of the time. 
  5. Only 6% of news stories highlight issues of gender equality or inequality.
  6. Women reporters are only responsible for 37% of stories.

You can read the full article here.


Your challenge this week:

  1. Pick ONE fact from the list above
  2. Say WHY it matters
  3. Say WHAT it would be like if this changed.
  4. Optional: say if it's like this in the country YOU live in.

For example:

Fact 2. Fact 2 matters because there is a bias towards men in the media and women aren't being represented. This is unfair because it means stories about women won't be shared and their voices wont be heard. If this changed, we would have a much more balanced media and everyone would hear a fair range of stories.

Top Tips
  • Read other comments first, you can reply to them and say if you agree/disagree and why!
  • Do not copy from other websites - all answers should be your own words.
  • Think about the wider consequences. What's will happen as a result of the fact that you are talking about? How does this make biases and discrimination continue?

Comments (132)

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    28 Feb 2022

    Many media outlets abuse women and infringe on their rights, freedom and body through what they present about her،It seems that the media is feminine in appearance and masculine in number, decision and publication. What is your response to this talk. Can you tell me about this talk?

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      willing_imagination's comment 01 Mar 2022

      Can you explain what you mean by "the media is feminine in appearance and masculine in number, decision and publication"?

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Mar 2022

        Women in the media may be strongly involved and have a presence, but when making decisions, power is concentrated in the hands of the man, a firm decision maker in the light of media institutions, male number might exceed the number of females.

        1. British Council.jpg calm_chemistry | Nagongera Girls Primary | Uganda
          willing_imagination's comment 03 Mar 2022

          The power of the media in shaping public opinion through framing and agenda setting makes it indispensable in the quest for gender parity . However, often what is produced is in a partriarchal media only serves to entrech deep seated stereo types against women.
          This under pins the need for women's represetantion at decision making levels in media orgarnisations .If the media is to portray women in a positive way , there have to be female journalists out there at decision making level ,willing and able to fight for women's rights in a much fundamental way.

          1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
            calm_chemistry's comment 03 Mar 2022

            This comments shows a good balance of passion and problem-solving. You described the media as "patriarchal". Can you describe what this means and say why you used this word?

            1. British Council.jpg calm_chemistry | Nagongera Girls Primary | Uganda
              Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 05 Mar 2022

              In brief, the word patriarchal describes a state, an entity, church, organisation e.t.c. controlled by men. It generally describes a system in which men have power over women, and in such a system, men have same level of privelledge to which which women are not entitled to. For example, in decision making where men hold all the power and make all the rules and policies while women sit at the back waiting to only implement.

              I therefore used this word basing on the analysis, reports and statistics on the level of women's participation in the media. That is, women make up around 20% of the expert news sources meaning that 80% are men; women are only subject of political and government coverage 16% of the time, 84% men; and women reporters are only responsible for 37% of the stories, 63% men. If we critically analyse this, it results into 6% of the news stories highlighting issues of gender equality and inequality. (This depicts that women's representation at decision making level in media organisations is very low or not even considered and thus patriarchal media)

              Thank you so much.
              calm_chemistry.

              1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ Topical Talk
                calm_chemistry's comment 07 Mar 2022

                Thank you for sharing these statistics. What do you think the consequence of these might be?

          2. British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
            calm_chemistry's comment 03 Mar 2022

            Yes I agree with you. By this, women will be able to have the courage to express their selves with no fear or challenge that she might be insulted by the public.

          3. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
            calm_chemistry's comment 03 Mar 2022

            Yes, your words are correct, and this is what I would like to convey to others that there is a huge bias against women in the field of media, and since the media is the fastest way to reach all parts of the world and has the most audio and visual impact on individuals, I have the desire to be one of the influential people in the press in order to be able to deliver a voice Women and defending their rights.

    2. British Council.jpg understanding_agency | Makini Academy | Kenya
      willing_imagination's comment 01 Mar 2022

      i think it is time women should also be respected for the work they do

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        understanding_agency's comment 01 Mar 2022

        I agree with you, many stories were her heroes of women despite the difficult challenges they face

  • British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    28 Feb 2022

    Only 6% of news stories highlight the issue of gender equality or inequality
    It is important because it negatively and positively affects society. When we shed light on these stories, we will reach the point of dialogue, reach a solution, and deal with each other in various fields. Yes, there are people who shed light on gender equality.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      strong_bird's comment 01 Mar 2022

      This is a very interesting fact. Can you share your source?

      1. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Mar 2022

        Yes, my source is my culture, my thinking, and my knowledge of the issues of prejudice that occur around the world

      1. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        unparalleled_banana's comment 03 Mar 2022

        Thank you for your understanding

  • British Council.jpg invigorated_snow | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    28 Feb 2022

    Fact 6, Fact 6 matters because there is a big judgement/bais that happened for reporters especially for women, as an example: I know a girl that has black skin, her dream was to be a famous reporter, but the inequality and judgement of our society didn't allow her to be so. If this changed ,we would have balanced media between man and woman, and woman will have more chances to work. Actually this exists in my country, wishing it changes.

  • British Council.jpg noble_dinosaur | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    28 Feb 2022

    Fact 5 matters, since when there is no light shed on gender inequality more and more individuals are effected from both genders, and the idea of bias would still be carved subconsciously in the next generations, causing more serious issues. However if this is changed, more opportunities would be presented for the ones effected with inequality, new ideas that would change the course of the world will appear to light, and finally we would live in a better world where everyone is equal, without the help of superheroes. At length, regrettably this phenomenon in my country is widely shown through televised media mostly.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Feb 2022

    Fact 5: It is important because the news stories concerned with these issues are very few compared to the size and importance of the issue of gender equality. The news stories must be more directed to present this issue because by presenting it, it will address the correct image of the problem and its societal obstacles, if the news stories give space The issue of equality and highlighted it has become a media issue and a public opinion issue that many interact with in order to overcome this problem....

    1. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      aware_painting's comment 03 Mar 2022

      Yes, but we should not focus on the media and the communication sites. I do not deny that they have a great role in spreading the case, but the solidarity of our voices, our souls and our thoughts will also positively affect the spread of any issue, not only prejudice.
      Is there a supporter???

  • British Council.jpg easygoing_flower | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    28 Feb 2022

    I'll be giving an example from my country. And I believe it is also common in other countries. It is sexualizing women. It's really irritating when ladies on New TV, for example, specially during weather news, are presented wearing skinny jeans, high heels and a crop top. Women are more than a skinny waist and legs, highheels and lots of makeup. Women are presence, creativity, new ideas...Society really evolves when women are presented for their brains and not their bodies.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      easygoing_flower's comment 01 Mar 2022

      Some people might argue that women should be able to wear what they wish and that this shouldn't affect our opinions of their work/ intelligence.

    2. British Council.jpg inspired_tamarillo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      easygoing_flower's comment 01 Mar 2022

      Hey, easygoing_flower I really like your point of view but then again, that is very different in different parts of the world. Yes a woman's dressing matters but her intelligence should not be lowered to the way she dresses. Just as you cannot remove the spots from a leopard's body no matter how hard you scrub it, so also you cannot never take away her smartness and capabilities because of her 'dressing'. But then again, everyone has their opinions so good point of view again easygoing_flower.

      1. British Council.jpg easygoing_flower | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
        inspired_tamarillo's comment 01 Mar 2022

        I like the way you expressed your point. I'm not saying that a woman's intelligence is lowered based on the way she dress. I'm not judging. Women has the right to dress however they want. I'm saying that the media is presenting women as beautiful bodies rather than beatiful minds. Tell me, do you see a "fat" journalist on TV? Or a man with special needs on weather news? Maybe, but in very rare cases. Media is supposed to be the mirror of society, all society, but it's only showing very specific people...

    3. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      easygoing_flower's comment 03 Mar 2022

      This is true talk. People view women as a commodity. The comments you mentioned are not only in your country, but are present in our country. The most commented are men, and they have satisfied their daughters to go out in the same dress that the announcer appeared in. I also think that dress and veil are personal freedom and no one should. To control his daughter, his wife, his sister, his mother, where was she...

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg stupendous_volcano | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    28 Feb 2022

    Fact 5. Fact 5 matters since there should be a wider information source letting people know about bias towards men. I believe that this is very inconsiderate of the media, as there is less of a chance for women to speak up and do something that could really impact the world. If changed, there would be a more considerate and harmonious community and there would be a significant increase in opportunities for women.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      stupendous_volcano's comment 01 Mar 2022

      Why do you think this isn't happening already? Are there any other issues around inequality which aren't covered enough?

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    28 Feb 2022

    Fact 5 is important because there is a clear bias against women and all the prejudice that women are exposed to must be presented in the media. If this happens, we will achieve equality

  • British Council.jpg illuminated_engine | School of Excellence Sector-23 Rohini | India
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 3 matters because silence and ignorance around social problems worsen the issue, when we don't talk about problem not only do we allow them to proliferate in the society but inadvertently support them. Almost every second household in the world is actively associated with news and follow up, even kids do. If this changed, we will have aware kids and people and slow yet effective breakdown of stereotypes, people will eventually embark to question the discriminations.

  • British Council.jpg unparalleled_banana | Makini Academy | Kenya
    01 Mar 2022

    well,I probably think this is just whole thing started on the problems facing male and female gender in the sociaty like difference in the annual salary both genders get between the different job applications .people ignore this issue in the common world, but its time to break the bias. Now there are lots of ways on breaking the bias but we should majorly focus on one common opinion,treating male and female gender equaly

  • British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 2 matters because it actually happens in the contemporary society most of the time reporters in the news are men and women are most of the time not given the priviledge of reporting news which is unfair. I feel that men should not all the time be given the role of being reporters but women should also be given the role because there are women out there who at good at doing the job but they are denied such privileges.

  • British Council.jpg inspired_tamarillo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Hey, I have chosen to focus on the second fact which states that 'Only 24% of the people in newspaper, television, and radio news are women'.
    I feel personally think that this matters because women see this as a platform to make their voices heard or to show that they too matter. Sometimes, women want to be a part of the decision making process in their country. But then again would things really be different even if more females are employed? In a country like mine were most women just want ttheir men to be pleased with them, they would stop at nothing to see that happen and even if they get the jobs, I assume that whatever the men say they should do, they would do.
    Also, even if more women are employed into the media houses, as I earlier said in one of my comments, the idea of payback will certainly not allow them to share stories that improve gender equality, their thoughts may be 'If there was no one in my time to promote this gender equality and give us a better life, why then should I do it in someone else's time?' and then they live up to the standard of their thoughts.
    But looking on the positive side, if transparent women are included in the media houses, their decisions and opinions can actually start counting and stories to improve gender equality can start being published but let us not stereotype that when any woman gets employed into the media houses she might make it better because she might just end up being the missing piece of the puzzle to make it worse.

  • British Council.jpg outgoing_signature | Makini Academy | Kenya
    01 Mar 2022

    We should let other people achieve their dreams not spoil their dreams that is just wrong we should be making peace in every country some women are being beaten up because of their inocence we should be treating both girls and both boys well mostly girls and women just because we are girls it does not meen that we should be treated badly.

  • British Council.jpg fantastic_fossil | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Women , are they responsible for most of their news stories?, we have here that female reporters are only responsible for 37% of their stories. We may not realize it behind the smiles and make up, but some women are victims of this, they may bring a story more important than that of the men, like in the case of the "yazidi women", they had their stories covered by the media. the spotlight story says that ;" The news industry still hasn’t achieved anything that resembles gender equality. Women are on camera only 32% of the time in evening broadcast news, and write 37% of print stories news stories. Between 2013 and 2014, female bylines and other credits increased just a little more than 1%. At the New York Times, more than 67% of bylines are male. "
    Why I feel this is of importance is because; women are a fore front of change and progress, allowing women write their own stories promotes the accountability of the news station, gender equality. If women are denied rights to write their stories it shows they too have an opinion and a say in this world.
    I feel if this is changed we would have come a step closer to achieve that phenomena " gender equality", because women support women, this would be a gate way for more reforms in our environment.
    In my country this is in some ways practiced, according to "Omowale T. Adelabu, PhD
    Mass Communication Department, The Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State", in Africa women are seen as the weaker gender and are not brilliant enough minds to come up with news stories on their own.
    I feel gender inequality is most hindered by the media and if we all stand together gender equality shall be attained.

  • British Council.jpg affable_revolution | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 5 is a matter that really needs to be seen into. The issue of gender inequality needs to be heard. Through mass media vices. The news is the most popular way of passing information, both locally and internationally. Therefore, a globally known issue such as gender in equality, its disadvantages and causes should be publicized on the news for all to hear and appreciate the value of the female child. When this is done, I believe that more of the world will be more engaged in eradicating this arising issue of gender inequality.

  • British Council.jpg happy_ferret | Makini Academy | Kenya
    01 Mar 2022

    men are not given opportunity to represent themselves well when it comes to singing and dancing but ofcouse there are those who do better than women. So to break the bias we should allow men equal opportunity to do the singing and dancing just like women.

  • British Council.jpg zestful_coconut | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 6: Only 6% of news stories highlight issuesof gender equality or inequality. This fact is important because news stories are widespread, meaning they are read and viewed in many places that cover a large distance and also, people listen to what they read and watch online and even on paper. If the news stories on gender equality increase, the rate of gender equality will also increase and there will be equality between both genders. Yes, in Nigeria, the number of gender equality news stories are few

  • British Council.jpg highspirited_horse | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    I think FACT5 matters because if news stories do not inform us about matters of this sort, many people would not know. That is why the are the media. They ought to keep us informed. If prejudice against women is exposed by the media, I strongly believe that gender equality would be promoted.

  • British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    FACT 3: This fact is important because if only 4% of traditional news and digital stories are explicit when they challenge gender stereotypes, then a very small number of people will actually have access to the facts about gender inequality and will probably depend on hearsay to mould their thoughts or ideas about gender bias.
    When the majority of people have little or no information (facts) about gender inequality due to the small number of news outlets that explicitly challenge gender stereotypes, they tend to have lukewarm attitudes towards gender inequality as a whole. This leads to less interest and less action from the general public towards the fight for gender inequality, thereby leaving a very small number of people with the task of fighting the cankerworm called gender bias.
    If more news outlets explicitly challenge gender stereotypes and confidently publish or cover stories about gender bias, then the efficiency of information dissemination and public enlightenment on the facts and ideas surrounding gender bias. I strongly believe that this will catalyze a wave of international effort and support from thousands and even millions of individuals and groups around the world. Tom Clancy one said, " If you can control information, you can control people." and if the information regarding gender bias is well presented and well disseminated, the responses of the billions on the earth towards gender bias could be channeled into solving this proble once and for all.

  • British Council.jpg fantastic_cymbals | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 4. Fact four matters because the amount of women who actively participate in government and political activities is minimal. As a matter of fact, according to www.unwomen.org, only 21 per cent of government ministers were women and only 14 countries having achieved 50 per cent or more women in cabinets. With these figures, the voices or opinions of women are most likely to be neglected or or heard but over looked because they have minimal influence in government and therefore wont be attended to.
    For example, in my country, there are only seven female ministers in the President's cabinet out of the 43-member cabinet which therefore means that they constitute only 16.28% of the presidential cabinet. with these figures, it would be hard to be heard if 84.82% of the cabinet is occupied by men.
    I personally feel that women would would be heard if they involve themselves or are involved more in political activities which would bring us a step closer to gender equality.

  • British Council.jpg tranquil_rock | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    (fact 4) this is important because politics I believe is basically a representation of the opinions of the people they select people who they feel have the qualifications to lead them and women are also leaders so they ought to be completely and accurately represented . This will change the wrong ideas people have about politics brought about buy inaccurate representation by the media, of the politics being a place for men alone

  • Cheam Fields logo articulate_rock | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    01 Mar 2022

    I have chosen fact 5.
    I believe that this is important for people to know because the fact that people do not make the bias known is very bad because then without reminders about it, it becomes unknown to everyone.
    If this changed, it would be very different because I think everyone will be more aware of biases and will be kinder to over people.
    It is like this in the country I live (UK) and often starts in your youth.

  • British Council.jpg eager_statement | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    If women were involved in governmental affairs, then I feel like right to freedom of speech will be achieved because if everyone had a say, women will be involved in political affairs. For example, Ellen Johnson sirleaf was a one time president in Liberia. She fought for her people and because it was a dictatorial system of government at that time, she was taken to prison and when she came back ,she still fought for her country and she later became the first president of Liberia and she ruled well. All I am saying is that it is not only men that can rule because if we give women a chance then the world will see the greatness in women.
    If there was a change in the ways of governmental affairs, I think that more women would be involved in political affairs and the world will be a better place.

  • British Council.jpg jocular_explanation | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 5
    I feel this matters because the more gender equality remains in the dumps of news stories, the lesser the number of people who care about breaking the bias and the number of those who are unaware of how critical gender inequality is, will tremendously increase.
    If this is changed, the populace will know the importance of gender equality and they will join the movement to reduce stereotyping, discrimination and other forms of of gender inequality.
    In my country, hardly will you see stories on gender inequality. I feel the media should encourage gender equality in every way possible.

  • British Council.jpg crafty_cockatoo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 6; fact 6 matters because it shows how deep this issue of bias has eaten into our world, that if someone should research deeply, he / she would discover that news agencies no longer do it on purpose that is to show you how deep it has gotten into our system. It shows that we need a cleansing so that we do not to continue to pass on this bad attitude to our children. If this is changed, the boys and girls can grow up in a society where they will learn that they can participate equally.

  • British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 2. Fact 2 matters and should be considered because it is a fact that only 39% of women in the world makeup the total workforce in the media. In a 2015 report, women made up a mere 19% of expert featured in news stories and 37% of reporters telling stories globally.
    All this is so because of the mentality that women are been considered weak and fragile and are stereotyped not to be able to make a positive change in the society which is negatively destroying the minds of our young ones who are to make the world a better place in the future.
    If this changed, we would be able to be educated both character wise and academically because we will be able to learn and have good understanding from the different aspects of live and we would experience a bright future.

  • British Council.jpg logical_skill | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    01 Mar 2022

    There are many media in Lebanon that they don't employ women who are wearing hijab, and this is a kind of bias against a group of Muslim ladies wearing this hijab
    Media in Lebanon sheds the light on unveiled women only, we rarely see women wearing hijab sharing on TV programs or talk shows?
    Isn't this a stereotypes?

  • British Council.jpg responsible_cymbals | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    All the facts are important l but I would focus on Fact 2, which is "Only 24% of the people in newspaper, television, and radio news are women."
    This is true but wrong. The media is the easiest, fastest and broadest means of communication. Virtually everybody has a television in their house. And also through the internet, a lot of people read the newspapers, listen to the radios and watch videos, all for the purpose of trying to be updated of the current happenings and entertainment. What people watch has a lasting impression on the viewer or listener.
    So, it is very true that we have more men in the media than women, and the media portrays different things that people interpret or understand in different ways, for example: in movies, men are chosen to be protagonists or heroes more than women are and this portrays that men are stronger than women or that women are unfit to act as those characters. Another example is that they are more men than women in the news industry, also men usually broadcast more important news and the women, the trivial ones and this is wrong because it can (https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/429338-only-one-in-five-news-stories-has-women-as-protagonists-in-nigeria-u-s-others-report.html) portray that men are better than women in the news industry or that they employ more men than women in the industry or men are brave to the broadcast dangerous and important news while they women aren't.
    Some of these things are done by the media without them knowing and realizing their effects. But there are solutions to these problems and these are: Employing both the men and the women equally to all industries that are: to the media, music, technology and many others. As I earlier said that the media is the easiest, fastest and broadest way of passing information and it has a long-lasting impact on the viewers, all men are women should be allowed to perform the same functions it could be acting or broadcasting and not be stereotyped so as to change their viewers' views on a different aspect and stop them from thinking that it is only the men or men that do a specific thing.
    In my country this one of the problems too but it is presently worked on.

  • British Council.jpg vivacious_tiger | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    01 Mar 2022

    Although equality has reached the whole world, there is still some forms of gender discrimination done by our media,one of them is the lack of the feminist character in every sports related show, especially football,where all the analysts brought are masculine while thers isn't a single woman in the whole program, which in my opinion is because of the idea that " sports are only for men" which is of course wrong. Thanks to social media we are now able to see some lebanese females that are talking about sports, but that isn't enough, our media should stop the stereotyping it's doing because right now all the generations especially young children and teenagers are watching our media,and by seeing this dicrimination on tv they could think that these stereotypes are normal in the society, which is clearly not.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      vivacious_tiger's comment 01 Mar 2022

      Well done for clearly explaining an example to illustrate your point of view! You're right that visible role models are very important to help change perceptions.

  • British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Point 6: This is important because women reporters are only responsible for 37% of stories. Most times the media may feel that the stories are irrelevant and are to feminine for the society, while many females might want to make a difference on issues of diversity, there is little concrete change. The most popular excuse is “there aren’t enough female experts,” meanwhile the people who edit the stories are women. Another issue is the fact that the male people in the media tend to take the best stories and most of the best stories are gotten from women, yes women may be responsible for only 37% that we know of but what if the real truth is that they are responsible for almost 60% but men take credit for their work.
    I feel female journalists do most of the hard work researching and getting their hands dirty but almost never get appreciated, sometimes the press or media houses may reject the story but later edit and it becomes a big story. if this attitude could be changed women would be more represented and have a higher percentage of stories being reported.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      incredible_trumpet's comment 01 Mar 2022

      A really interesting point. Can you think of fiction writers who have pretended to be men in the past, so that their work has been published?

      1. British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Mar 2022

        Well not in this age but in the 19th century female writers use male pseudonyms for publishing their books so as to publish without prejudice in a place were males control for example publishing houses ; to experiment with the freedom of not being known or to encourage male readership. For example a writer named Alice Mary Norton used the name Andre Norton she was was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy, who also wrote works related to history, it was a shame that she could not be recognized as a female for her works but was celebrated as a male.

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    I will be picking question five. why does it matter to me I think the question should be why does it matter to everyone but they do nothing about it. Everyone knows the reality from parents, news, governors and so on a lot of people out there are not privileged to be governors daughters and have everything in their life handed to them. What about those who don't know their rights, or those who know and can't do anything. It matters to me because I actually care about the masses who don't have a say meanwhile it does not matter to others because they are not affected. What would the world around me be like if that should change I mean a little change goes a long way quoting the words of IAN HAMILTON "science still says women 's health is not as important as men's ". A statement like that and we have lack of reaction from the mass media women literally have fewer than third of top jobs in the UK. If not for news site like the independent.co.uk women will be far worse behind than we are right now we have people like MAGDELENE ANDERSON becoming the the first prime minister of Sweden, we have Iceland electing Europe's first female majority parliament. Some people don't even care about women rights or gender inequality or equality it's just publicity stunts, some people sometimes only make comments on days marked for women for example Joe Biden says women troops can thrive on International women's day, these are just some I could keep going but I think my point has been made. Does it happen in my country I mean why else would I be so passionate about the gender inequality and it's bias if it does not happen in my country. I just hope over the years something would change.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      champion_elephant's comment 01 Mar 2022

      Wow, so much passion and a great list of examples to illustrate your thinking here! Well done.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    I think Fact 1 matters a lot because since 50% of the world is women they should be equally represented in media coverage. It is saddening that the work of women who have studied and researched are being rejected as expert news sources. Moreover, women are more likely to make better sources for better news because they are more exposed to a wider range of feelings than men and so they are able to relate their feelings better to what they are reporting about. Women are more creative, intuitive, and holistic hence they are able to give better reports of news. Another striking thing is that why won't women be given the chance to be sources for expert news when MORE THAN HALF OF THE ISSUES BEING FACED IN THE SOCIETY ARE BEING EXPERIENCED BY WOMEN. Of course, women would be the best expert sources as the are able to relate more than men. This is also happening in my country, Nigeria. In fact, it is very severe here. I believe that men of quality respect women's equality. Women are seen as dumb and it is believed that nothing useful can be said by a woman. This need to change. Just imagine, if women were given an equal opportunity to men, practically speaking, many problems in the society today would be solved as women are very creative in providing solutions to problems and have an integrated perspective of things they don't just look at one aspect, they observe all aspects first before proffering solutions. Just like the saying, "a woman is like a teabag you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water", so also you never know how effective a woman can be in solving problems until you put here to the test by giving her a chance. Gender equality is not just a woman's issue it is a human's issue. It affects us all.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      constructive_moth's comment 01 Mar 2022

      A very good explanation about why that fact matters. Having read your comment though, I wonder if you have made any assumptions or expressed any biases?

      1. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Mar 2022

        Well, I answered the question based on how I feel about it. I don't feel I have expressed any biases.

        1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
          constructive_moth's comment 02 Mar 2022

          You have made an assumption when you say: "women are more likely to make better sources for better news because they are more exposed to a wider range of feelings than men". We don't know that this is the case. There isn't proof that women have a wider range of feelings than men or that women make better sources. However, I think this would be a common assumption lots of people would make!

          Perhaps some men haven't been encouraged to show their feelings as much as women?

          1. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
            Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Mar 2022

            Yes, it is true that some men have not been encouraged to express their feelings very well as they are expected by society to be tough and not to show their emotion outwardly and yes I may have made an assumption about women experiencing a wider range of feelings since it has not been proven yet.

            1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
              constructive_moth's comment 02 Mar 2022

              Good job on reflecting. You've shown great communication by listening and developing ideas based on our discussion!

    2. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      constructive_moth's comment 01 Mar 2022

      This is very nice and I agree with you

  • British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    Fact 4 is important because I believe leadership should be based on our capabilities and qualification and not our differences. Research proves that women have only served as heads of state and government in only 22 countries while 119 countries have never or are yet to have female leaders. Research also says that women are still not expected to have equal positions of power with men for another 130 years. It's so unfair because there is no solid reason on why women should not be allowed to have higher positions in politics. I have always aspired to be the president of my country but each time I remember my country has never had a female president yet alone a female president to look up to and emulate, it breaks my heart. The bias has gone so deep that in most political positions are reserved specially for men, how unfair is this?. It's not like women have ever done anything wrong that history has recorded us to be bad leaders or presidents. What most countries do not see is the fact that there are some young girls like me who have dreams on being leaders but when they operate like this, it actually kills our dreams. If only the world could look beyond women's limitations, if only they could think of us as not feeble and weak but strong, capable and qualified, if only they could see us as not only mothers to our children but also mothers to our nation I strongly believe we can make great impact. Who knows if we would even do better than our past leaders?.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      sincere_spring's comment 01 Mar 2022

      A clearly-articulated point. Well done. Do you think quotas are a good idea in governments to stop this from happening? If you are unsure what they are, see if you can find out!

      1. British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 02 Mar 2022

        I read some where that the core idea behind quota systems is to recruit women into political positions and to ensure that women are not only a few tokens in political life. Most quotas aim at addressing the under-representation of women in politics. Since women are the under-represented groups in political institutions every where, the gender quota regulation aims at securing women a minimum number of seats. A double quota system is used to not just ensure that a certain percentage of women are on the electoral list but it also ensures that women are not placed at the bottom of the list. So yes, I think quotas can help resolve this problem of bias/inequality.

        1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
          sincere_spring's comment 02 Mar 2022

          Do you think a quota system is fair? For example if two politicians were both as qualified for a role, would it be fair to offer a job to a woman based on her sex?

          Thinking about the difference between equality and equity might be helpful in thinking this through!

          1. British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
            Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 04 Mar 2022

            No because I feel it will be bias. The role should be given based on qualification and not gender.

  • British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    In the country I live in only about 6 percent of the news talk about gender equality and inequality,because most people don't think that gender inequality exist in real life .Like for myself i never believed in gender inequality until i faced it, some people think that naturally men are better than women and i also once heard that science has proven men's health to be better than women's.But if about 80 percent of the news start talking about gender equality and inequality the world would be a safer and healthier place to be in. and also make our society more cohesive.It will also reduce the amount of violence and provide security for those who are vulnerable.The news talking about it can make the world peaceful again.There will also be more improved economy,improved productivity and also increased growth and innovation.In other words the news should talk more on gender equality because, in years to come the world would be more developed and there will be progress and peace.

  • British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    "Women are only the subject of governmental and political coverage 16% of the time". this matters because this is practised in my side of the world the media does not give most women the opportunity to participate in political activities and they hardly publish our opinion because they feel we are women and what we say doesn't add any value to the society and this breeds political apathy. Our voices have been hidden in the dark for long and this can be changed if women are given the opportunity to participate in more political activities and the society would be like a stepping stone to reduce gender bias in the society.

    1. British Council.jpg strong_bird | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      diligent_library's comment 01 Mar 2022

      This is a very important point and we should all work hard to spread our voices, our thoughts and our beliefs to the world.

  • British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    I pick point two and I will talk about the sports aspect, must sports channels show male activities even though some female clubs are way more prosperous than that of the males. Worse the females get paid less more they have gone to places the males have not gone .

  • British Council.jpg extraordinary_squirrel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    I am focusing on fact 2, which is only 24% of the people in newspaper, television, and radio news are women. The media is a place where information is gotten and women have the right to make sure that information reaches the people, things are meant to be equal both genders are meant to partake in ensuring that the news reaches the people. When the voices of women and men are heard, things will change and there will be equality in news sharing among men and women and things may be fair.

  • British Council.jpg successful_globe | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Mar 2022

    There are 6% of the stories that mention the issue of gender equality, and there are few programs as well, for example, sports programs where most of them are men, and this made the prejudiced think that no one can do sports except men, and also in the case of expressing the opinion, most may be attracted To the opinion of the man, and this is because of prejudice and this is wrong, so if this disappears, it will have wonderful results from them, that justice will spread between the sexes, equality, and give each sex its rights, and give each sex its right to express its own opinion, and In order to contribute to the demise of this matter, we must present stories and programs that encourage equality, listen to everyone's opinions and not be partial to specific opinions, and thus society is built on the foundations of equality and justice.

  • British Council.jpg quiet_piccolo | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    01 Mar 2022

    Great topic I want to talk about I see, like everyone else, that the media and television constitute bias and discrimination in a large way and from several aspects, to make it clear to you, as some said that the difficult tasks in the field of media are for women, yet they do not appreciate their role, and on the other hand, I see that the media sometimes bias towards women who Do not wear the veil and choose it to work instead of the woman who wears the veil (but we see a small percentage of veiled women in the field of media and television).

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      quiet_piccolo's comment 02 Mar 2022

      Your pointing out that there are also different biases in the treatment of different women and that not all women are treated the same. Why is this important for our conversations about gender equality?

  • British Council.jpg quiet_piccolo | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    01 Mar 2022

    Let's look at the issue from another angle that I want to refer to, perhaps no one noticed, why not say that there is a bias, for example, to make women specifically present a television program instead of men with a decent and beautiful appearance in order to arouse people's interest and viewers' attention and thus increase the number of views and increase the percentage of profits of the program and achieve this The program was a huge success.

  • Cheam Fields logo excellent_solution | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    01 Mar 2022

    I think the most important fact is that only 6%of news stories highlight gender inequality or inequality.I think this matters because gender inequality is a massive problem at the moment because a lot of people especially women don't have as much freedom as men not too much in my area but in lots of other places around the world it is still a big problem.If this was changed people would not be feeling as bad that they might be different to someone else and there wouldn't be people talking about this as a problem and it would leave people feeling more safe about being different and not being nervous to get out and see people just because of how they look.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      excellent_solution's comment 02 Mar 2022

      What have you learnt from Topical Talkers from other parts of the world on this Hub about the different experiences of gender inequality?

  • British Council.jpg secure_mood | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    01 Mar 2022

    All the facts are important and should be discussed, but to me, fact 5 would be a good one to walk about .''Only 6% of news stories highlight issues of gender equality and inequality''. Feeling sorry to say that media in our society is increasing gender inequality by showing men in that flawless image the only creative and productive ones, however, women are just for beauty, fashion, and household responsibilities. Fact 5 matters since when there's no light shed on gender discrimination the issue will become more typical and developing to the new generations, affecting both gender and especially girls. Starting from my country, the media never shows what women have done just showing these women who care for beauty trying to discriminate between women and men. However, if the media shows some of the women's achievements people would know that men and women have the same abilities, so the media can play a big role in increasing and decreasing gender inequality.

  • British Council.jpg independent_watermelon | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    01 Mar 2022

    Stereotypes exist in the interactions between different social groups, and gender. Likewise in lebanon , society sheds more lights on men than on women . They have the same right as men is a main component of an equal society.I know of a veiled woman who was refused to enlighten the Lebanese TV stations with her knowledge and culture. On the other hand, those with Lebanese TV stations have lost a social member who has the ability to spread news in a different and distinct way from others. I advise to every girl saying I want to emigrate because I can’t find a job, you should always try to create an opportunity for yourself and never say this is only for men, all job opportunities are for both. I also advise everyone not to leave the country because Lebanon really needs young people at this stage

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      independent_watermelon's comment 02 Mar 2022

      Are lots of young people leaving Lebanon? If so, why might this be and why is it important for young people to stay?

      1. British Council.jpg independent_watermelon | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 03 Mar 2022

        The youth of Lebanon migrate from Lebanon in search of a decent future, in order to achieve their dreams and goals, and so that their fatigue and effort do not go to waste. The unemployment rate has increased and lebanese youth‘s biggest dream had became traveling outside Lebanon in order to guarantee their rights that were not available for them on their land, such as (education and work) due to economic crisis . Despite all of this, Lebanese are still fighting using their only weapon, their pen and they’ll never surrender,It's very important for youth to stay because they are the promising seeds of a better future, but dont you think they need job opportunities to stay?

        1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
          independent_watermelon's comment 03 Mar 2022

          I agree that job opportunities are essential for young people. Are there any initiatives to create more jobs?

          1. British Council.jpg independent_watermelon | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
            Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 03 Mar 2022

            There are no initiatives in the meantime as the economic crisis is so drastic and people are suffering too much

          2. British Council.jpg independent_watermelon | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
            Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 04 Mar 2022

            Yes, and this also affects the cultural and educational field, and I think that in Lebanon there are a lot of young students, and even professors do not oppose the old methods of learning in the shade of a tree and sitting on rocks or on a ground filled with green grass carried by the soil of their ancestors, and there are also people They will not accept the way I think, but one day we will be forced to do so. Do you think that in such situations we will abandon development a little and resort to the old traditions? And how?

  • British Council.jpg happy_harp | Usra Academy | Nigeria
    01 Mar 2022

    I choose fact 1, since 50% of the world is women there should be equality on the media.Women are more likely to make sources of better news because they are more exposed to a wider range of feelings more than men,gender inequality does not affect women only it affects us all.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      happy_harp's comment 02 Mar 2022

      Can you spot any stereotyping you've made in you comment? Sometimes in our quest to highlight one group of people, we can accidentally entrench some stereotypes.

  • British Council.jpg tolerant_badger | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    01 Mar 2022

    Only 6% of news stories highlight issues of gender equality or inequality.
    This explains the lack of society's awareness about what equality between gender is really about.
    If the media talked more about and discussed this topic, present it to society, it will spread knowledge about it and therefore this phenomenon will reduce.
    Unfortunately in my country only around two channels are the ones that sheid light on this problem while the majority doesn't.

    1. British Council.jpg marvellous_fly | Nagongera Girls Primary | Uganda
      tolerant_badger's comment 03 Mar 2022

      Hi tolerant_badger, thanks for the comment
      Adding on your comment, I would love to say that 6% of the news story is a very small percentage especially when handling this crucial aspect(Breaking Bias).
      The media plays a great role when it comes to sensitizing the public, and in fact the easiest and cheapest means, that the government and all those involved including media officials would use to educate this great nation, Uganda.
      I love listening and reading news, and my best news paper companies are Daily Monitor and New Vision, TV stations are NTV, UBC and NBS. But whenever I have a glance at the top stories on the front page, the major topics there highlights issues of Politics, financial institutions, agriculture, government projects, Musicians to mention but a few.
      Ladies are always brought in under celebrities where they are indecently drawn. To those who read this develop bias minds on the ladies thinking they are not decent in dressing making women loose dignity in the eyes of the public.

      Citing on the advertisements, men are always in suits while ladies half dressed this shows a total sign of inequality in the media.
      The media companies played a big role in sensitizing the public on COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that if they do the same by making Breaking Bias there major topic or priority, our Country Uganda will be a better place for all to live in and the objective of Breaking Bias will be achieved. In fact even the indecent dressing by young girls and women would reduce because they would feel so much pressed if every person is pointing fingers to the way they dress and thus equality will have been achieved.

      1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
        marvellous_fly's comment 03 Mar 2022

        Who should get to decide what women wear in magaznies, marvellous_fly?

      2. British Council.jpg tolerant_badger | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
        marvellous_fly's comment 05 Mar 2022

        Women are allowed to wear what makes them feel comfortable and presentable, but why some women are not allowed from being displayed on media ? Why does media only give one particular image for some women and ignore other, in my opinion every woman should be able to appear on media whatever she wears whoever she is.

  • British Council.jpg emotional_piano | Makini Academy | Kenya
    02 Mar 2022

    Hi, Point 6 or 7 : This is important because women reporters are only responsible for 37% of stories. Most times the media may feel that the stories are irrelevant and are to feminine for the society, while many females might want to make a difference on issues of diversity, there is little concrete change. The most popular excuse is “there aren’t enough female experts,” meanwhile the people who edit the stories are women. Another issue is the fact that the male people in the media tend to take the best stories and most of the best stories are gotten from women, yes women may be responsible for only 37% that we know of but what if the real truth is that they are responsible for almost 60% but men take credit for their work.
    I feel female journalists do most of the hard work researching and getting their hands dirty but almost never get appreciated, sometimes the press or media houses may reject the story but later edit and it becomes a big story. if this attitude could be changed women would be more represented and have a higher percentage of stories being reported

  • British Council.jpg logical_skill | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    02 Mar 2022

    Part 2 : that only 24% of the people in newspaper television, and radio news are women
    There are many media that don't allow women to sharing on TV programs or talk shows because they thinking that women is only for kitchen and cleaning her house ex..., but we need to remove this thinking from their mind, media not only for man, media for both women and man, women not only for kitchen!??
    What we can do to change this thinking mindset??
    Please I need all to comment some solutions?!

  • British Council.jpg lovely_strawberry | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Mar 2022

    The media is an important tool to support any cause whatsoever and make it more resonant. Everyone knows the news from the media and sympathizes with it, gets angry, sad or supports it, according to the media.. This helps draw the world's attention to any issue it was.. Now imagine if the media coverage was more comprehensive. More stories and themes about women's oppression will come out and work will begin more seriously and with more media coverage... I think this will touch the feelings of many and motivate some to act. And supports the voice of women.. that the media presents women and reminds them of clothing advertisements more than mentioning their cause!! ...must stop. this is

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_queen | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    02 Mar 2022

    Point 3 :It is important because the 4%is a really shocking number . Does bias really don't mean to society that much? And why women? Why women are the ones who always treated unfairly. Why would the media show the women as "nothing "? To see 4% fighting for gender stereotypes is really a thing to be sad at. The picture of women in media one day will be changed, and hopefully we will be all equally treated. Moreover this is a very sensitive issue that should've been ended since the time that humans started realising that they have rights,but sadly in lebanon people , society, media, men, and even some women are fighting women. Hopefully everything will change one day.

  • British Council.jpg genius_melon | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Mar 2022

    Every woman should be able to make her own decisions and assert her rights. Nonetheless, just because they are women, women and girls continue to be rejected in every corner of the world. Women's movements have the ability to affect change,and we can all help to make a difference. The situation for women is still shocking today: Women work longer hours and earn less money than men. We need to raise awareness of the concerns! Using social media to start dialogues is a key method to gain additional support. Share local events with your friends, and help amplify the voices of women on the front lines in comments. Public demonstrations are an excellent way to demand action on behalf of women's rights, raise awareness about the issue, and try to publish these demonstrations on the internet. Bring some friends to help you spread the word about global injustices that affect women; you'll be astonished at how many people want to join the campaign once they see the post. In conclusion, We can also use the Internet to create associations and organizations that care for women's rights and work to develop them. For example, we can post advertisements on our personal pages and ask our friends to share them with their friends and colleagues. We can also create a page for this association so that others can join or contact them for any assistance. Last but not least, the Internet helps us with a variety of huge issues in our lives, the most serious of which is the matter of women's rights, which is one of the world’s most challenging concerns.

  • British Council.jpg logical_skill | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    02 Mar 2022

    There are many biases and forms of discrimination displayed on media in the world, such as racial discrimination against women who have dark skin . In Lebanon you can’t see black women on TV or on Magazines front pages; they don't allow them to share on TV, in the 21st sentient we can't judge people for their shape or skin color or even gender. We are all born equal in humanity and human spirit ties us altogether.
    What do you think we have to do to remove this bias from their mindset??

  • British Council.jpg funny_deer | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Mar 2022

    How to solve the problem of discrimination between women and men via the Internet??
    We can do this by spreading awareness about women and talking about the virtues of women in our lives and their position, but sometimes we face some abuse in this matter, but we can put an end to this by discussing or reporting the person, but in my opinion, the discussion is the best

  • British Council.jpg smart_pear | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Mar 2022

    Social media gives people all over the world an opportunity to express their opinions, so we must not prevent women from expressing their opinions.
    Spreading awareness of human rights in general on social media and reporting all those who abuse women.
    Awareness must be spread that women are equal to men and that they can take their own opinion.
    Girls are threatened with their pictures or even bad words. Social media should be stricter towards bad people.

    Society misrepresents women as a weak person who cannot take their rights, and this stereotype must be fought.
    All forms of violence and abuse on the Internet have a negative impact on women and a violation of their rights to expression.

  • British Council.jpg prodigious_avocado | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    02 Mar 2022

    FACT 2 Matters because sometimes women are underrated opposite of men who are always overrated and takeing all the attention and thats shows that we are living in a sick and unfair soceity , thats whats happening now 24% of the reporters,newspaper are women while women are 50% + of people on planet.

  • British Council.jpg joyous_tangerine | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    02 Mar 2022

    In lebanon some people are talking about a lebanese reporter and mocking at him simply because he speaks a certain accent .This is totally not accepted

  • British Council.jpg joyous_tangerine | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    02 Mar 2022

    Racial discrimination between women and men in some countries causes many problems in society because some or the majority deny women’s rights for a trivial reason. For example, there are some countries that do not give women their rights because they are women, and this indicates that our societies are backward and invalid. Men and the development of laws by the authorities to preserve and protect women’s rights. We must talk in the coming days about a non-authoritarian and non-male society that also made all people equal among themselves and on the media and social media to publish some of the backwardness of countries on their platforms and spread the message to change this discrimination and make it equal

  • British Council.jpg balanced_musician | Nagongera Girls Primary | Uganda
    03 Mar 2022

    Media bias is defined as the prejudice against women by the mass media in the selection of many events and stories. A part from differences in how images are exposed, content covered e.t.c. There is also a challenge of distribution of duties by the media employers.

    In Uganda, women's participation in print media is relatively smaller compared to men with the content that women are less intelligent than men yet they do most of the donkey work, yet at the end, the authors of the final article is a man.
    According to the report by UMWA (Uganda Media Women's Association), " Women make up (13%) of News Writers , (15%) of the Photographers , (24%) of News Actors , Appearing in Photographs is (28%), and Being Quoted (20%).
    Putting women’s overall participation in print media news at only 20%. "

    The above report exactly equates to point one where "Women only make up around 20% of expert news sources". This clearly shows the bias at print media, making it hard for women to fight for their rights. If there was equality at the media, I believe women would have a platform where they would raise their voices and suggestions on matters concerning inequality in different sectors. But with this, they women are totally suppressed and thus no better platform for them to address the challenges faced due to gender equality.

  • British Council.jpg quickwitted_iceberg | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    03 Mar 2022

    Fact 5 is important because it shows how little we have actually done in tackling the problems of gender inequality we are facing in the world. I believe that development means equilibrium and equal opportunities for all and sundry. It shows how the issue of gender bias has now become a part of us even without our knowing this. It is highly possible that these things happen without being planned. This is a problem because it looks like nobody sees gender inequality as a problem that needs to be tackled. How wrong they are. I believe that if this were changed, the problems of gender bias that are presently giving us sleepless nights would become a thing of the past and eventually, we would be able to boast of optimal development.

  • British Council.jpg amusing_seal | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
    03 Mar 2022

    Fact 5 ,it is a big matter because only few news stories highlight issues of gender equality/inequality .Maybe it does not matter to others and that is because they aren’t affected. If this changed or if social media talked more about this issue , it will raise awareness in our society ,and this awareness will help this problem(inequality)to be reduced. Actually I have this problem in my country Lebanon because a very small percentage of news highlight these stories.

  • British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    03 Mar 2022

    Fact 2. Fact 2 matters and should be of great concern. For instance, were I come from women are not given the opportunity to express their selves and showcase our talent in the media. There has been negative gender stereotypes and lower representation of women in both traditional and media organizations which causes great silence to women because no one wants to be humiliated or tagged irresponsible.
    For several years now, the office of the office of the Special Rapporteur together with the international community, has made efforts to draw attention to the forms of gender based violence experienced by several women in the media especially the female journalist. It has been stated, that about 27% of women in the western countries in the media work face gender inequality.
    By this, I believe that women should me given the opportunity to express their talent on the media because no idea is a waste. We all know that QUEEN ELIZABETH II is a famous queen of England. She is known for the reforms she introduced to the monarchy. QUEEN ELIZABETH II is of a great example to the world. Remember that she was also a woman of great attributes and this should educate the world out there that women are of great treasures who can make the world a better place for the next generation to come.
    There should be a change because if there is we will be able to know more about our world and learn new things from different perspectives in the world.

  • British Council.jpg dazzling_meerkat | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    03 Mar 2022

    Yes, I agree. The media has become attacking women and taking away their right to freedom of expression. We must unite to face this problem, which is likely to increase in the future.

  • British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    04 Mar 2022

    Exactly. And we will succeed.

  • British Council.jpg amusing_volcano | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    04 Mar 2022

    Women love interesting stories and tend to share those stories. And it has also been proven by research. Due to their love for story telling tend to join the news sector
    In the media most of the people who work and report are men and women. Some times the women just write the reports and give the men to report it.

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    04 Mar 2022

    Gender bias is a horrible thing, I wish it would stop
    🎀💕😚

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 Mar 2022

    The truth is important because the issue of gender inequality is because inequality between men and women is a global issue and problem and it must take its weight in the media and also that gender inequality is a threat to human rights

  • British Council.jpg victorious_revolution | Usra Academy | Nigeria
    06 Mar 2022

    FACT4:the thing that matters about fact4 is that women think that they are threated unfairly but this is not the reasons they are many different reasons for that for example in my country (NIGERIA) we value religion and in the religion i am it dose not allow a woman to be the head of all the leader like a president because a president a president is the head of the government, senators, commissioners e.t.c But a woman is allowed to be something under a president e.g senator, governor e.t.c a woman can also own a business e.g build a school e.t.c.
    If this would change in my religion it will be that we are disobeying the rules of our religion and we would no longer be respecting it and it would just be a rubbish for you or me or someone else to be in a religion that is not respected by the person

  • British Council.jpg skillful_cranberry | School of Excellence Sector-23 Rohini | India
    07 Mar 2022

    Fact 2: fact 2 matters because news has a big impact on the people watching, they could be of any age, especially old age people need to understand the issue amd news is the best way. This is unfair because to break gender stereotypes we need to spread the idea to masses and news has the power to do that. If this changed then we would be able to make people think about the issue and we would be able to break gender stereotypes gradually.

  • British Council.jpg content_river | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Mar 2022

    Point 1 It is not fair that women constitute only 20% of news sources. This reduces the status of women in society. Women should represent more than this percentage, and become more preoccupied with this percentage, thus increasing their chance to raise their voice and communicate it.society and also this will enhance all women to achieve their goals and break prejudice and I believe that the media is the biggest goal for women to convey their voice through the organizations Media on the media support women positively

  • British Council.jpg charming_grape | Ashrafiyieh Prep Girls 1 | Jordan
    07 Mar 2022

    In fact, the second fact is 100% true, as we find a small number of women who work in the news and television, and we always find the main event being said by men, where the role of women is secondary, meaning the topic in which they speak does not cause a stir in public opinion. I think that it is the greatest burden on women who They work in news and newspapers, where they can defend themselves and prove their place with their voice. I hope that a women's council will be formed in every country to defend it in the field of work and prove its place.

  • British Council.jpg reflective_fruit | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Mar 2022

    Only 24% of the people in newspaper, television, and radio news are women.

    This percentage shows how women are treated in many countries. It is related to the community culture and the parents' point of views towards accepting their girls to be on Tvs.
    If people became aware to accept their girls' ambitions the way they are, the world would be a better place to live in.

  • British Council.jpg forceful_wildcat | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    07 Mar 2022

    I think that four is the occasion, since the number of women participating in politics is numbered, and if there are any, they are subject to strict laws. For example, in my country, if a woman wants to become a judge, she must remove her veil, but the money she earns is less than what a man earns in the same job.
    I think that women should participate in politics, especially people of mixed skin, and this will lead to improving the health of the country. Women do not seek to achieve personal interest, but are more comprehensive to improve public service.
    Do not forget that women are the most economic person, and if they participate in politics, the country's economy will improve, and they will also seek to solve all the dangers that women are exposed to, such as violence and inequality.

  • British Council.jpg considerate_dolphin | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    08 Mar 2022

    Women in the media are the individuals who participate in the media. The role of women in the media revolves around the four axes: media freedom, media pluralism, media independence, and media safety. Women in the media not only face the same difficulties and threats as men, but also gender inequality, safety issues, or underrepresentation. It's like I'm being blackmailed by employers and it's sad to be fired or rejected How long will this law last? I hope it goes away And do not forget that women are half of society and they must have an active role in the media to show the prejudice that women suffer from.

  • wycombe abbey school changzhou.jpg ambitious_mulberry | Wycombe Abbey International School | China
    08 Mar 2022

    World wide Fact 5 has always been a huge problem, and the fact that people are not pushing to face this problem on the media has led to a decrease in the progress of gender equality. In modern days the media is one of the greatest platforms on which people share and consult on different ideologies. If only 6% of all the stories that are regularly posted on the internet are gender equality-based or address the issue in any way, then to address the issue and make sure people listen would be like trying to find a needle in a sea. More stories on gender inequality should be posted, more voices should be heard, then maybe the sound will be loud enough for all to hear and the problem would start to be addressed more frequently on all platforms. The power of media is that it can change people’s views, if we can change the media’s attention then we will be able to change the world’s attention. We need to be heard, seen, and acknowledged, and also if it might not be right that media is all that people believe, it is still the reality, so if we want to be face the problem and overcome it then we need the media’s attention.

  • British Council.jpg compelling_heart | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    08 Mar 2022

    Women were not given their rights as presenters in cultural programs. We notice that the majority of program presenters in Palestine are men, and also very few women work as commentators in sports matches. Why did women not rise and demand these things? Do men have a voice in commenting and women do not have a voice!!
    We must achieve equality and justice between women and men at work

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg intellectual_grape | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    08 Mar 2022

    In my opinion I would suggest:

    .Only 6% of news stories highlight issues of gender equality or inequality

    The reason I picked this is because this is a serious problem and women sometimes don't have any rights to do anything and I believe this is a major problem in the world and this definitely needs to be fixed.

    If this changes to a better degree we could possibly have more singers, footballers, even more and this could be a big difference to women as it can to all of us

  • Cheam Fields logo venturous_journalist | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    09 Mar 2022

    I think that 4 is the most important because it is important to have some women in the politics. I think it matters because if it was all men then women will not be important. If we do not have any women in politics it will change how women get to talk about the world. I think it is like London because it has a lot of people that are women that are in the politics.

  • St Michael's Middle School devoted_buffalo | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    11 Mar 2022

    Only 6% of news stories highlight issues of gender equality or inequality.
    This matters because it shows that the world is trying to block out the fact that this damages the lives of so many people in the world today. It also demonstrates that we (as a society) are not promoting gender equality enough which could suggest why there isn't much of it in our world today.

  • St Michael's Middle School authentic_raspberry | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    11 Mar 2022

    I personally have chosen 1 as I think it's a very important-to-address issue. The fact that only 2/10 expert news sources are women in a world where 5/10 people are women is a truly worrying fact. Rather like how most politicians and leaders around the world are men, not women. This needs to change, as women need a greater chance to express opinions and choose news events more topical to women as this world REALLY needs equality and everyone's point should matter.

  • British Council.jpg cooperative_llama | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    11 Mar 2022

    Point 6:In my experience and suggestions, the authority of the media in the public view through big agenda setting, which makes it requisite and crucial in the peregrination for gender equivalence. For further more, often what is manufactured is in a patriarchal media which serves to deep seated stereotypes which goes against women. This goes under the need for women's characterization at decision making or laws levels in the media confederation. When if the there are some media who is to portray women in a positive way ,and due to it they have to be females reporters out there at decision making level ,ready and willing to fight for women's rights in a much elementary ways so that it may help women's to make their decision .Thanks

  • British Council.jpg engaging_queen | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    Fact 5 matters because issues of gender equality or inequality is getting serious. It would have been more reasonable if 99% of news stories highlighted issues of gender equality or inequality on the media. It will be very okay for a large number of people to share things about bias on the media whether of male gender or female gender so they can stop it.
    If this changes it will be very great because more and more people will get to share it and it will stop for sure.

  • British Council.jpg persistent_construction | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    Fact 3 is important because 4% is a negligible portion rate of women in the world and it shows how the issue of bias and gender stereotypes is highly neglected in the media.
    If this changes the issue of gender bias and stereotypes could be represented, challenged and tackled on the media and women will be given a fair share of their portion on the media and there will be hope for more elaborate new report and broadcast on the general.

  • British Council.jpg balanced_personality | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    I think fact 2 matters because there are many women in the world but only 24 percent of them are represented in the newspaper, television, and radio which is quite small, this could be as a result of lack of qualified women in higher position who can stand to speak on relevant issues, this is common in my country Nigeria. It can also be as result of fear knowing that sometimes journalist face harassment and I think more women might not like the exposure and threat to their lives.
    If this changes, more women would be given room to report and they have tendencies of giving explicit reports than most of the male gender who like to give brief report, I believe both genders should be given equal opportunities.

  • British Council.jpg jolly_power | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    I am of the view that fact 1 matters, because a few women are in the media and this is not fair considering the population of women in the world, this could be as a result of lack of women in leadership positions in the media industries to serve as sources of information or news.
    If this changes, news items from the eyes of the female gender with great perspectives relevant o a huge portion of the society will not be left out.

  • British Council.jpg patient_recipe | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    Fact 5 matters because people need to know about gender equality and inequality to enable them break the bias. Equal opportunities and work conditions should be given to both genders so as to the reduce the gap and then increase the participation in decision-making for women in the media. I also think that the lack of attention given to gender equality and inequality issues has little or no publicity of stories that concern women so the stories about women more often than none are hardly given enough attention for it to be addressed. Over the years women have been made to believe that their experiences and challenges are not as important as those of the male gender, this has tend to further relegate the women folks to the background.
    If this changes women stories will be given more priority and people will be able to treat people without favourtism and discrimination.

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