Gender equality and particularly equal pay is one of the priorities of the NUJ and the questionnaire is therefore placed in the wider context of other awareness raising activities such as conferences. The women’s conference led to the NUJ making a decision to assess every area of the union to see whether there is a fair representation of women at every level. The plan was to explore the statistics and then formulate a strategy. The main objective of the questionnaire was to obtain information about women’s experiences at work in the media industry and to understand patterns and themes regarding gender in the organisation; in particular whether media staff who are member of the Union have been steered into a particular direction because of their gender and whether they have experienced discrimination, harassment and/or bullying at work. The organisation found it difficult to bring people together in a traditional meeting format due to other commitments. The questionnaires helped start a process of reaching out to women and identifying what experiences and problems they have had at work and how they think the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) should address this.The last survey of its members was done in 2005/6 so this method is intermittent and not carried out regularly.
Results and impact
The impact of the methods has not been evaluated. However, the methods did help to meet the objectives of bringing NUJ female members together to identify and talk about issues at work as well as raise awareness about women’s issues and experiences in the media. The questionnaires also helped to start the process of reaching out to women to identify patterns in experiences and problems at work. Thus, the methods were effective in promoting gender equality issues within the NUJ.
National Union of Journalists
Stakeholder, Firstname: Sarah
Stakeholder, Family name: Kavanagh
Subtype: Surveys or other quantitative monitoring tools
Nuts code: UK