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*:
*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:
- Private sector
- 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
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.