Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands

Media & The Image of Women - Conference Report

Direct Link to Full 65-Page 2013 Report: http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/standardsetting/equality/03themes/women_media/FINAL%20Report%20Media%20and%20the%20Image%20of%20Women%20Conference%20Amsterdam%20July%202013.pdf

Every day, and the world over, we are constantly exposed to images and information from a wide array of sources. Such content plays a crucial role in shaping our opinions, values and ideas of what is desired and acceptable behaviour for women and men. Unfortunately, the visibility given to women in mass media, whether in text, audio, or audio-visual form is more often than not based on stereotypical portrayals of what is feminine and masculine. Through the acceptance and imitation of these so-called “role models”, harmful gender stereotypes are perpetuated affecting every aspect of our lives.