There was anecdotal evidence that there were problems of sexism in the media industry. The National Union of Journalist wanted to explore what their female member’s views of this were and started organising them together in order to address problems collectively. The women’s conference thereby helped to identify collective issues faced by women in the media industry.The NUJ in general organizes many events and activities to try and bring people together and make it known that the disproportionate representation of women in the media is a major issue and that sexism and harassment in the industry must be addressed.
Aims and objectives
- To bring female members of the Union together to identify and discuss workplace issues
Results and impact
Although no official evaluation was held, it was found that organising a ‘women’s conference’ was useful because it was recognised that the views of women can often be sidelined in comparison to men’s. However the NUJ is only able to raise issues, they have no collective way to liaise with the management of media organisations about women's access to decision-making roles.
National Union of Journalists
Stakeholder, Firstname: Michelle
Stakeholder, Family name: Stanistreet
Subtype: Conferences and events presenting good practices, research findings and data on Women and the Media
Nuts code: UK