Around the world women represent one of the largest groups left out of the news media. According to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), only 19% of experts cited in news stories globally are women. This devastating statistic has barely changed in decades.
We can and must do better. Imagine for a moment that women experts were fully represented in all media. Women and girls would be empowered and emboldened to fully participate in society, adding untold talent, skills and wisdom to a world that desperately needs them. Culture would shift and adapt as stereotypes are smashed. And the news and information we all consume would be inclusive of diverse voices, rebuilding trust in the critical resource of reputable media.
The Reflect Reality Handbook contains a rich and deep set of resources to advance the voices of women in the news. These resources are drawn from the leading experts in the field – individuals and organizations working on the front lines in countries around the world to build greater representation for women’s voices.