Media to increase women's representation in newsroom and content

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Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, briefs journalists. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Some 35 leading media outlets from around the world have committed to increase women's representation in the newsroom and in news content.

The initiative was agreed with UN Women, the United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality on Tuesday in New York.

Janie Cangelosi has more details.

The initiative, "The Step it Up for Gender Equality Media Compact," brings together a broad coalition of print, broadcast and online news organizations from every region of the world.

Thirty-five media groups have committed to a range of concrete actions.

They include championing women's rights and gender equality issues through editorial articles, boosting the inclusion of women as sources in stories and ensuring women journalists are provided mentors and guidance for career advancement.

The UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that if news is reported predominantly by men it is "misrepresenting the real state of the world."

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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