Women Journalists to Become Editors-in-Chief on 8 March

5 March 2004

To mark International Women's Day on 8 March 2004 and celebrate the high professionalism of women journalists, UNESCO is launching for a third time the global initiative "Women Make the News" calling on all media producing daily news to hand over editorial responsibility to a woman editor-in-chief on that day.

To mark International Women's Day on 8 March 2004 and celebrate the high professionalism of women journalists, UNESCO is launching for a third time the global initiative "Women Make the News" calling on all media producing daily news to hand over editorial responsibility to a woman editor-in-chief on that day.

Through this initiative, UNESCO seeks to give more visibility to women journalists, to their editorial work, as well as to women as voices in the media. In launching the initiative, UNESCO Director-General Kochiro Matsuura recalls that "there can be no sustainable development if the intellectual capacities, creative potential, practical resourcefulness and leadership abilities of more than half of the world's population are ignored or suppressed." UNESCO's appeal to the world media is a testing ground of the progress made in the execution of the Beijing Platform for Action. "No press is truly free unless women share an equal voice", says Mr Matsuura.

"Women Make the News" aims to raise awareness about the fact that women are still underrepresented in the higher editing ranks as well as against any ingrained preconceptions that women are not fit for top managerial positions or for some work assignments in the media organizations.

UNESCO holds that the under-representation of women in the upper echelons of media management is both a symptom and cause of the inequality between the sexes and discrimination against women. The appeal for equality in the media - as in all other spheres - is a part of the struggle for genuine democracy in society at large, and in media institutions in particular.

A dedicated interactive website is now operational for registration: www.unesco.org/march8. For the following three weeks up until 8 March, media will be encouraged to announce their own initiatives on the site. It will then also become a global news resource for media wanting to cover the event as a story.

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