Towards a National Policy on Gender Equality in Tunisian Media

Tunis, 3-4 June 2015 COPEAM was invited to take part in the consultation meeting held in Tunis on 3 and 4 June 2015, in the framework of the EC project “Medmedia – Towards Media Sector Reform in the Southern Mediterranean Region”.
The meeting gathered representatives of Tunisian broadcasters, the SNJT (Syndicat national des journalistes tunisiens), the HAICA (Haute autorité indépendante de la Communication audiovisuelle), the UNESCO and the Council of Europe and dealt with gender equality policies in Tunisian media.
After two-day exchanges and debates between the attending stakeholders, a number of recommendations were drafted and shared by the participants as follows:
  • Adoption of editorial or deontological charters devoted to gender equality.
  • Creation of one or more national directories in/of enterprise gathering the Tunisian expert women from all sectors (‘Who’s who’).
  • Women promotion as sources of information in media content.
  • Endorsement of a debate on the weak presence of journalist women in the audiovisual top management.
  • Opinion evaluation within the news rooms on gender issues, internal personnel and executives’ awareness raising and training about gender equality
  • Monitoring and fight against discriminatory and stereotyped programs.
  • Adoption of lexicons to be avoided expressions (discriminatory, stereotyped, etc.) and of appropriate and respectful terminologies.
  • Production, coproduction or exchange of gender-oriented programs.
  • Adoption of internal evaluation tools namely based on the UNESCO Gender Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM).
  • Strengthening the broadcasters’ responsibilities face to gender equality and national obligations.
  • Reinforcement of media programs’ monitoring and of the respect of the commitment taken under the national obligations.
  • Promotion of a national debate on the opportunity of adopting a national coherent gender equality policy in the Tunisian audiovisual sector.
For more information about the project: Immagine1