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Research Reports are indepth, often quantitative reports around our various programme areas.

Category: Gender [REMOVE]

Visible Invisibility: Gender Discrimination in South African Media Workplaces

The findings reveal interesting and concerning issues about gender discrimination in the country’s newsrooms. The research revealed that gender discrimination is a problem and a long history of inequality among the sexes is among the causes. Gender discrimination in South Africa’s newsrooms is about power, with those in positions of authority generally the perpetrators.

Gender on the Agenda: Narratives Of Masculinity In South African Media

The study explores definitions of masculinity and the ways in which masculinity is understood and communicated in the media. To get to it’s findings the study compares and cross-references information derived from monitoring the content of news media and interviews with journalists, as well as focus group discussions conducted with male and female respondents in Alexandra (Alex) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). A key objective of this research is to challenge existing versions of masculinity portrayed in the media.

Power, Patriarchy and Gender Discrimination in Zimbabwean Newsrooms

Gender discrimination, in its various debilitating forms, is known to occur in almost every professional setting.For this reason, Media Monitoring Africa and local media partners in Zimbabwe investigated the nature of gender discrimination in Zimbabwean newsrooms.

A Tangled Web: Human Trafficking, Child Protection & the Media

As a metaphor, a web does nicely to describe human trafficking: a thing with many threads, sticky, dangerous, and unseen by victims. The sticky threads each different yet inseparable, certainly not linear, clean, neat and easily spotted…well unless you’re the spider that is.

What do we know about human trafficking? What should we know about it? What are we being told by the media? What is the media missing?

Children’s Views Not in the News: Portrayal of Children in South African Print Media 2009

Monitoring conducted by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) in 2003 as part of the Empowering Children & the Media (ECM) strategy showed that only 6% of all news included children. The latest data to emerge from the ECM reveals that representation of children has improved, marginally, to 8.4% of all news monitored in 2009. The monitoring shows that not only are children’s issues frequently sidelined, but un-careful and unethical reporting often leads to further violations of their rights.

Women? What women?!  - Media contributes to the disempowerment of women

It is clear that issues around gender equality, women’s poverty and health are of primary importance to South Africa. Women form a greater proportion of South Africa’s population and a greater proportion of the rural population (which is also the most poorly serviced), head a greater number of households (which are more likely to be poor and earn less than male-headed households), are affected by HIV/Aids the most, and suffer alarming levels of gender-based violence. MMA’s monitoring demonstrates that this has not been reflected in media’s election coverage, when these issues should come to the forefront of many (if not the greater majority of) reports.

“No big deal” Poverty, Service Delivery and Election Coverage: Election Report for week ending 3 Apr

This week MMA looks at key topics of elections stories. The results of the topics of elections coverage present a number of issues to discuss. For this report however, we will build on the prior week’s report “Is the media campaigning for the ANC and COPE?”, and focus on the level of attention devoted to the topics of manifestos, campaigning, poverty and service delivery.

This report addresses the results of media monitoring conducted from 13/03/09 until 01/04/2009. According to the monitoring results, it would appear that media consider simplistic coverage of campaign activities and political conflict to be more important than engaging parties and the public over the content of party manifestos, and how parties believe such major issues as poverty and service delivery should and can be addressed.

Media and the 16 Days Campaign 2006

The coverage of The 16 Days Campaign in Gauteng media coverage, including e-tv and SABC 3 prime time news, was reasonable good in most aspects. Some improvements could be made in terms of reporting on woman and child abuse.

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Women’s Day 2006

The 50th year anniversary of the 1956 women’s pass march offered media an opportunity to educate and inform South African’s of the role played by women in the struggle against apartheid. Diverse women featured in coverage including:

  • The stories of heroines, leaders and activists;
  • gender-based violence covered
  • Successful women; and
  • The Magogos
Getting the best out of the media, the 2005 16 days report

The Media Monitoring Project (MMP) found an increase in the amount of coverage provided to the 16 Days of Activism Campaign No Violence Against Women and Children during 2005. The majority of South African media performed particularly well, in some crucial respects the media performed better in comparison to the 16 Days of Activism Campaign in 2004.

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