National trainings for media professionals on the topics of equality, tolerant speech, respect for persons’ dignity and right to non-discrimination
Although not solely dedicated on gender equality, the trainings included panels on gender equality, discussing famous cases of media products and statements undermining women’s roles and dignity. The national trainings for media professionals covered the topics of equality, tolerant speech, respect for persons’ dignity and right to non-discrimination, and disseminated an accompanying manual for journalists (Watch Your Mouth!). Those measures were launched partly because of a number of complaints lodged with the national equality body. Such complaints regarded stereotyped, prejudiced or even abusive language and coverage of certain topics and events, breaching the right to equal treatment and respect for human dignity of the plaintiffs.
Aims and objectives
- To inform media professionals on the legal implications of antidiscrimination legislation (domestic and interntional – EU Directives, Council of Europe and The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance General Policy Recommendations) in relation to freedom of expression and the responsibility of the media in ensuring a tolerant and respectful society. - To promote a more gender-aware and non-discriminatory attitude to self-regulation.
Results and impact
The trainings gathered diverse participants: editors, reporters and journalists from over 50 national and regional media, and resulted in constructive debate on non-discrimination and respect in media and fostering of good practices. The initiative received wide coverage on 20 media.
Bulgarian Commission for Protection against Discrimination
Stakeholder, Firstname: Kemal
Stakeholder, Family name: Eyup
Subtype: Training courses and toolkits on gender issues
Duration: one day
Periodicity: one off
Nr of beneficiaries: 50
Nuts code: BG
Evaluation: yes, internal