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International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)

International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) The International Women's Media Foundation is proud to present its first international study of women in the news media. A free flow of information is an essential ingredient of open and democratic societies. The IWMF believes that there can be no full freedom of the press until women have an equal voice in the news-gathering and news dissemination processes.

There is abundant evidence of underrepresentation of women as subjects of coverage, but until now there were no reliable, comprehensive data on which to make a clear determination about where women currently fit into the news-making operation or in the decision-making or ownership structure of their companies.

The IWMF Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media seeks to fill this gap by presenting for the first time sound data on gender positions in news organizations around the world. If news content is the final outcome of a series of steps involving the participation of a number of individuals, what then is the role of women in determining and shaping the news agenda? Who decides how many stories are by women and feature women as pivotal subjects in news operations? Are media companies currently organized to promote gender equity within their organizational structures or to accommodate women's voices as well as men's perspectives in coverage?

The findings presented in this report, conducted over a two-year period, offer the most complete picture to date of women's status globally in news media ownership, publishing, governance, reporting, editing, photojournalism, broadcast production and other media jobs. The Report.

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