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Gender Equal Media Scotland was launched at a two-day conference, sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which explored gendered inequalities in the news. You can hear two podcasts summarising the discussions here:

You can listen to a podcast of the day here:

Gender Equal Media Scotland continued to hold occasional events to highlight issues of women's inequality in the media. These events include film screenings, round-table discussions, and conferences which will be advertised below.

PAST EVENT Chisholm '72 - Film Screening and Discussion

Chisholm '72

In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Now almost 50 years later as we witness another US presidential election between two white men, here in Scotland we have still never seen a woman of colour elected to Holyrood.

Join Gender Equal Media Scotland for a free film screening of the documentary Chisholm '72, followed by a discussion of the media representations of women of colour involved in politics with speakers:

  • Assa Samaké-Roman, journalist
  • Dr Sarah Liu, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Free and open to all. The film will have subtitles, and if there's anything we can do to make it easier for you to attend, for example by providing BSL interpretation, please let us know by emailing

If you've already seen the film, feel free to just join us from 7.30 for the discussion!

PAST EVENT: In our own words: women of colour in Scottish media

In our own words: women of colour in scottish media

To coincide with Black History Month, GEMS are thrilled to be profiling the work of women of colour who feature on BBC's 'the Social on Wednesday 23rd October, 2019 at the University of Strathclyde.

PAST EVENT: Knock Down the House: screening and discussion

Blue poster for the movie 'Knock Down the House'

To coincide with Black History Month, GEMS are thrilled to be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary 'Knock Down the House', at 5.30pm on Wednesday 9th October, 2019 at the University of Strathclyde.

Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2019

The annual Scottish Student Journalism Awards offer student journalists across Scotland a chance to showcase their work. On 30 May 2019, GEMS joined the SSJA at their awards ceremony for a night of celebration of Scottish student journalism.

This year, GEMS were thrilled to sponsor an award that looked to highlight the importance of treating women equally - as employees, as contributors and as subjects of media attention - to a new generation of journalists.

The 2019 GEMS award was presented by MP Mhairi Black to Laura Webster (Glasgow Caledonian University), for her excellent article on Category is Books: The queer bookshop helping Glasgow's LGBTQ community.

Highly commended for the GEMS award were Kaitlin Easton (University of Stirling) for The Perfect Victim and Steven Mair (University of Strathclyde) for Period Poverty Success Stories.

PAST EVENT: Violence Unseen - Exhibition, Workshop, Panel Discussion

Friday 22 March, 2019

Gender Equal Media Scotland, in association with Strathclyde Student Union, the Equality & Diversity Service, and Equally Safe @ Strathclyde, will be hosting Zero Tolerance’s powerful Violence Unseen exhibition. The event will take place at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute at the University of Strathclyde.

This photography exhibition explores forms of violence against women that are still misunderstood, hidden and unacknowledged by mainstream society. Alongside the exhibition, we hosted a workshop to explore ‘The News as It Should Be’ and a panel discussion and Q&A. You can read our blog post about the workshop here, and hear from some of our contributors here.

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