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Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)

2nd meeting – 27 November 2012 – 09h30 to 30 November 2012 – 17h00
(Strasbourg, Palais de l’Europe, Room 2)

MEDIA(2012)003

SECRETARIAT REPORT ON THE STATE OF PLAY OF THE ON-GOING WORK ON GENDER AND MEDIA

Experts
Bissera Zankova, Bulgaria
Emir Povlakic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Anne Catherine Berg, EBU
Joke Hermes, Gender expert, The Netherlands

Secretariat
Björn Janson
Onur Andreotti

Appendix

Introduction/preamble

(UNESCO draft framework gender-sensitive indicators for Media: “Differences between males and females are socially constructed, changeable over time and have wide variations within and between cultures. As opposed to biologically determined characteristics (sex), gender refers to learned behaviour and expectations to fulfil a specific image of masculinity and femininity. Gender is also a socio-economic and political variable with which to analyse people’s roles, responsibilities, constraints and opportunities”).

ECHR art 10: “Everyone has a right to freedom of expression (…)”. ECHR art 14: “The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms as set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex (…) or other status.” Art 1 Protocol 12 to ECHR: “The enjoyment of any right set forth by law shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex (…) or other status”.

“Freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society and one of the basic conditions for its progress and for each individual’s self-fulfilment”. (ECHR case-law)

Substance of a recommendation

III. Implementation issues