• Friday, October 9, 2015
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    Editors Encouraged to Follow the Gender Wire’s Example, Ruth Rosen


    From the IPS Gender Wire:MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 'Unlearning' gender stereotypes starts with young students. Credit: Kara Santos/IPS

    Pioneering historian of gender and award-winning journalist Ruth Rosen recently referred to IPS Gender Wire stories as “outstanding news about women’s lives around the world”.

    In each issue, she wites on Talking Points Memo, IPS Gender Wire repeats the fact that “Women do not get half the media’s attention, or an equal voice in expression – only 22 percent of the voices you hear and read in the news today are women’s, she says. In its stories IPS redresses this huge imbalance – covering emerging and frontline issues while asking an often forgotten question:  What does this mean for women and girls?

    “The news stories that appear on IPS Gender Wire have focused on political opportunities for women in Senegal, investigated whether Namibian women are being sterilized, discussed women’s debates in Lebanon about whether to don the hijab or bikini, and exposed sexual assaults against detained female immigrants by guards in Texas.  And it never stops reminding readers that women are “Half the world’s population, but not with half the share of wealth, well being and opportunity.”

    Ruth Rosen, who currently teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of “The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America” (Viking, 2006).

    In a 10-minute interview on NPR discussing “women’s pages” in the blogosphere and women’s presence in news media today, she again mentions IPS saying:

    “And I want to encourage the editors to look at some of the issues that they are quarantining and saying, as the Inter Press Service asks, what does this mean for women and girls, so that they at least think about the entire population with both eyes open rather than one eye open and one eye closed?

    Listen to the interview

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