The ‘Just the Women’ report was launched yesterday, the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) by OBJECT, Eaves, the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), of which Rape Crisis (England and Wales) is a member, and Equality Now.
It calls for the 'Leveson debate' on media reform to urgently address the portrayal of women, and to wake up to the harm done to women through persistent objectification, stereotyping, and prejudicial reporting.
‘Just the Women’ is an evaluation of the content of eleven British national newspapers over a two week period in September this year. It examines how crimes of violence against women are reported, how women are portrayed more broadly, and the general visibility of women in public life. The fortnight’s study found over 1,300 pieces of editorial and images that illustrated different forms of media sexism.
The report’s key findings are:
Read this crucial and illuminating report here.
Read the Observer article featuring our report here.
Read our letter to the Prime Minister regarding the report here.
Read the press release here.
Please use this opportunity to send our report to your MP (find your MP here) requesting that they take action on media sexism.
And don't forget to Tweet and spread the word!
It is time that women, and the portrayal of women, are on the agenda in all discussions regarding media reform.