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.