THE PROJECT

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The Women Make the News – Thailand database is a tool to advance gender equality in the media and society. It provides journalists with a list of contacts of female expert sources to feature more women in news media.

Women Make the News – Thailand is part of UNESCO’s global Women Make the News initiative rooted in UNESCO’s mandate to promote freedom of expression and to advocate for a free, independent and pluralistic media landscape.

Women Make the News- Thailand, in partnership with local organizations in Thailand currently features three key areas of expertise*:

MEDIA, ICT AND INNOVATION            ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE            CULTURES AND HISTORY OF ASEAN

*However, the database is not limited to these themes and encourages experts from other fields to join the database.

Experts in our database refer to researchers, specialists, policy-makers but also advocates, community leaders – a wide range of valuable contact resources for the media from various professional sectors:

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Private sector
  • Media
  • NGOs
  • International organizations

 

WOMEN MAKE THE NEWS – THAILAND: A SNAPSHOT

  • Download our presentation about the project here: English | Thai
  • Download our flyer about the project here: English | Thai
  • Download the infographic here: English

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THE ISSUE: UNDER- AND MISREPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN THE MEDIA

There is a huge gap between women’s condition and achievements in Thailand, and how they are portrayed in the media.

A study conducted in 2014 by Thai PBS found that in one month of Thai television news coverage, only 1 out of 4 persons interviewed were women. Research also showed that media in Asia-Pacific tend to reinforce stereotypes and limited gender roles, with women being most commonly depicted as “victims”, “family figures” and “sex objects” (See Inside the News).

The result is a distorted view of the reality. In fact, Thailand has one of the highest percentages of women scientists (more than 50%) or women in senior management positions (37%) worldwide. Female expertise is largely available and highly diverse – but remains almost absent from news media.

Why should we worry?

–       Media messages have a powerful impact on our behaviours and values – they can reinforce or challenge gender roles and perceptions.

–       When women’s voices are not adequately represented in the media, democratic participation as a whole is under threat.

–       Gender-blind journalism is biased journalism that affects the quality of the news. This can be mitigated by ensuring that sources are diverse and balanced as a part of the quality standards of journalism.

 

THE OBJECTIVE: Linking journalists with female experts’ voices

Women Make the News – Thailand’s objective is to:

  • Offer an effective tool that journalists based in Thailand can use to source and feature more women in their news coverage;
  • Promote greater visibility of Thai female experts in the media and increase female voices in the news in Thailand;
  • Highlight the diversity of female expertise in Thailand and encourage greater participation of women in society.

For more information about the Women Make the News – Thailand database, contact us or visit our FAQ.

This project was initiated and developed by UNESCO Bangkok, and has been implemented with the cooperation of CCDKM and Akin Asia.

The project further receives financial support from the Swedish Government. The current training opportunities offered to the members of the database are sponsored by Australian Aid.