19 Nov 2015

Pacific media urged to promote gender equality

12:08 pm on 19 November 2015

Gender inequality, discrimination and stereotypes in the region's media are on the agenda at a workshop in Noumea this week.

The conference, attended by communications and government representatives from 14 Pacific countries, is being run by the SPC, Femlink Pacific and the Australian government.

FemLink Pacific's Sharon Bhagwan Rolls says women aren't being properly represented in the media, partly because there are not females in government or in decision making roles.

Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls

Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls Photo: RNZI Sally Round

She says workshop participants are discussing ways to promote greater gender equality in the media.

"Talking about gender equality and reaching an audience or talking about women's humans rights and sexual and reproductive health rights, how can we reach an audience? Whether it's not just limited to news reports, but where radio is key across our Pacific region and where there are some growing opportunities."