Advancing gender equality in decision-making in media organisations.
In December 1995, the European Council acknowledged the European Union’s commitment towards the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and expressed the intent to review its implementation across the Member States on a yearly basis. Adopted in 1995, the BPfA formally recognised the relationship between women and media as one of the major challenges for the achievement of equal opportunities for women and men in contemporary societies and defined, among its key objectives, increasing the level of women’s participation and access to expression and decision-making in the media. The European Parliament resolution on the follow-up to the Beijing Action Platform (2000/2020(INI)) underlined the need for a more gender balanced participation in all decision making levels in the mass media sector and therefore encouraged the media to take initiatives to attract more women journalists. The 2012 legislative proposal of the European Commission, Directive on improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges and related measures might have a potential impact on the media sector. In the process of the EU follow-up of the BPfA, the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU (first half of 2013) chose to explore gender balance in decision-making in media organisations across the EU. On 21 June 2013, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affair Council of Ministers of the European Union (EPSCO) adopted Conclusions on Women and the Media and took note of the first indicators prepared for the Irish Presidency on the basis of EIGE’s report.