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By Briana Pegado, Edinburgh Student Arts Festival
During Black History Month, GEMS joined with the Women 5050 campaign to host a screening of the film Confirmation, telling the story of Anita Hill's testimony against Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas.
Here Briana Pegado, who spoke on the panel following the film, reflects on the themes raised, and how they relate to representation of women of colour in public life today.
GEMS was launched at a 2 day conference discussing Gendered Representations in Scottish News. It was a fantastic event with brilliant speakers, and lots of discussion about how we can improve representation of women in Scottish news - in coverage and behind the scenes.
You can listen to some highlights of day on in this special edition of the On the Engender podcast:
Women in Journalism Scotland survey reveals a third of woman working in the Scottish media saying they have been sexually harassed
A third of women working in the Scottish media claim they have been sexually harassed in the workplace, according to a new survey.
Research carried out by campaigning group Women in Journalism Scotland (WiJ Scotland) also found almost half alleging they have experienced sexist behaviour in the workplace more than three times, while a shocking one in ten said they had been sexually assaulted in their office.
A total of 177 women working in media and communications in Scotland responded to the survey, which was carried out following the creation of the global #MeToo movement. A third worked in print media and a quarter in broadcasting. The NUJ has around 800 female members in Scotland.
What the media says matters. The way violence against women is reported plays a huge role in terms of influence, thinking and behaviour. The media sometimes over-simplifies complex stories or falls into
stereotyping or socially “slanted” reporting.
The Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) was a year-long initiative based at Durham University from 2016 to 2017. Its aim was to generate evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media and its vision was for an open and democratic media that is accessible to all.
Funded through the ESRC IAA fund at Durham Law School, the Centre was co-founded by Professor Clare McGlynn, Holly Dustin, Dr. Maddy Coy, and Dr. Fiona Vera-Gray, who left after helping establish GEM in its first year. Yeliz Osman acted as international advisor.
In a short space of time, GEM was able to shape and influence new laws, policies and practices and demonstrated the need for this work in the UK. We are very happy that an unaffiliated new organisation, GEM Scotland, will be continuing to work on these issues.