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World Cup Not for Girls PDF Print

Published: 27 June 2014

Region: Worldwide

women_football_1917If it was up to some of the world media and most of the marketers, women would not have anything in common with the football and World Cup. Women should simply avoid it and go and do some more ‘girly things’.  How unjust is to see that in the summer 2014 most of the adverts feature only men watching and enjoying football with, sometimes in the background, usually half-naked, slim and mostly light-skinned women supporting the football supporters.

Once again, media and advertising agencies have confirmed not only some of the negative stereotypes about different nations competing in football, but also the spread of gender prejudices, pushing women into “the corner”. But let’s not forget that these corners are considered to be a reasonable goal-scoring opportunity. Thus, the time has come to be more vocal about the gender stereotypes, to demand more media coverage of women in sport, as well as combat the ever-present and long lasting sexualisation of women.

White Working Class Discriminated PDF Print

Published: 24 June 2014

Region: Europe

OSF_picThe negative portrayal of white working-class by media which often describe them as feckless and lazy scroungers can further the marginalisation of this social group, says the new research by Open Society Foundations.

The "Europe’s White Working Class Communities" study reveals that negative stereotypes reproduced by journalists can have a distorting effect not only to the community itself but also to the respective policy decisions.

#MigrantsContribute PDF Print

Published: 23 June 2014

Country: UK

by Alexia Kalaitzi

Migrantscontribute1They bring new skills, new ideas, different talents, tastes and sounds and above all the strength and passion to build a new life. Immigrants contribute largely to the economy and multicultural character of the British society, but the last year they found themselves in the centre of a negative political and media discourse, which accused them for many of the problems occurring in the UK.

The new campaign #MigrantsContribute, formed by a coalition of 40 migrant-led organisations came to change this narrative. Its aim is to reverse the negative stereotypes and increase the presence of immigrants in the mainstream media.

Sexual Violence against Women in Algeria PDF Print

Date: 10 June 2014

Country: Algeria


The law allows rapists to walk free if they marry their victim – if she is under 18 years old. This is the case in Algeria and Tunisia. According to statistics in Algeria, more than 1,000 sexual assaults on women are recorded per year. Experts believe that these figures do not reflect the reality as many victims are too afraid or ashamed to report the crime to the police.

A conference on sexual violence against women in Algeria, which was held on 10th June 2014, was organised and executed by the Media Diversity Institute, in cooperation with “Femme en Communication” and “Reseau Wassila”. These organisations fight for greater gender equality in the country. Throughout the conference, many social taboos were challenged and a sincere discussion on this important issue took place.

Fox News Viewers against Immigrants? PDF Print

Published: 18 June 2014

Country: US

FOX_NEWS_2Trusting Fox News has been proclaimed the number one predictor for someone to be opposed to the idea of immigrants becoming US citizens, according to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and Brookings.

The results showed that the 60% of Republicans who trust Fox News the most to provide an accurate information about the politics and current events, consider immigrants as a burden for America supporting that the latter take their jobs, housing and health care. On the contrary, the majority of the Republicans who have trust in other news sources (56%) say immigrants today strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents.

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