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    Posted February 22, 2014 by
    StephDA
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    Lewes, United Kingdom
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    Empowering images of women

    Representation of Women in the Media

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     StephDA wants to live in a world where women and girls are represented equally to men in the media, and not as sexual commodities and entertainment for men. Yet many newspapers and magazines still fail to offer enough space to promote women's achievements instead of praising them solely for their physical beauty or sex-appeal. "I want to live in a society that respects women and girls," said Stephanie, "with a media that celebrates them as full human beings."
    - marcelacnn, CNN iReport producer

    I want to live in a world where women and girls are represented equally to men in the media, and not as sexual commodities and entertainment for men.

    The UN Comission on the Status of Women 2013 states clearly the link between media representation of, and violence against, women and girls, and the need for media to 'strengthen self-regulatory mechanisms to promote balanced and non-stereotypical portrayals of women with a view to eliminating discrimination against and the exploitation of women and girls and refraining from presenting them as inferior beings and exploiting them as sexual objects and commodities.'

    I live in the U.K. where 85,000 women are raped every year, and one third of schoolgirls experiences unwanted sexual touching and harrassment.

    And yet the largest circulation daily 'family' newspaper, the Sun, carries daily on Page 3, a large image of a very young woman posing seductively and displaying her naked breasts for the titillation of the male readership. This newspaper can be seen everywhere in public, and in family homes.

    I want to live in a society that respects women and girls, with a media that celebrates them as full human beings.

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