ERIC Number: ED262441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Communication in the Service of Women: A Report on Action and Research Programmes: 1980-1985.
City Univ., London (England).
Observing that over the past 10 years two lines of discussion--one emanating from and focusing on the needs of women, the other arising from and related to "mainstream" communication problems--have been carried out simultaneously but have remained separate, this report focuses on the change in women's status with regard to access to the communications media from 1980 to 1985. The first section of the report discusses women's status and the role of communication as a continuous and evolving process, acknowledging that to achieve any lasting change in the status of women with regard to mass communication, the two previous lines of discussion must be merged. The second section explores Unesco's 20-year-old program for women and communication, including the program's general framework, its basic constraints, three areas of articulation (concentration and coordination of women's issues, balance between reflection and operations, and decentralization), Unesco research on women and communication, regional seminars on women and media decision-making, and future directions for the Unesco program. The third section reports responses from various world governments to a United Nations (UN) questionnaire on communication and the media, communication policy, media content, media employment of women, alternative media and women's organizations, and international cooperation. These responses indicated that, despite progress, women's rights in regard to the media are far from being secured. The fourth section updates a 1980 global review of research into the portrayal and participation of women in the media, examining the extent to which the 1980 findings of inequality of women in media remain valid, and what areas are in need of change. Extensive appendixes include the UN questionnaire to governments discussed in the third section, as well as recommendations from various international and regional seminars on women and the media. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ., London (England).