Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gender and election coverage in South Africa

From Media Monitoring Africa:

It is clear that issues around gender equality, women’s poverty and health are of primary importance to South Africa. Women form a greater proportion of South Africa’s population, a greater proportion of the rural population is also the most poorly serviced, head a greater number of households which are more likely to be poor and earn less than male-headed households, are affected by HIV/Aids the most, and suffer alarming levels of gender-based violence. MMA’s monitoring demonstrates that this has not been reflected in media’s election coverage, when these issues should come to the forefront of many (if not the greater majority) reports. Read more.

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