The Challenge

When women’s and girls’ voices are heard, and when women produce the news, not only do women and girls benefit, but the information we all consume improves. 

We are a long way off.

Women are under-represented in leadership roles in the media and information landscape worldwide.

  • Worldwide, only 27% of the top management jobs in the media sector are occupied by women. Among reporters, 36% of the jobs are held by women.

  • Globally, women hold just one third of full-time media positions, and even fewer work in ICT and media management positions.

Infographic - womens representation in media

Women and girls around the world face steep hurdles in accessing information

  • Only 21% of women in the developing world have access to the Internet.

  • Evidence suggests that young women and girls experience more intense types of harassment on-line than men or boys, including sexual harassment, stalking, explicit threats of violence, and sustained harassment.

Women and girls voices are often ignored and their lives are rendered invisible in the information spaces we all use to navigate our lives, make choices, and influence policy.

  • Only 24% of the people we read or hear about in print, radio, or television news stories are women or girls, while even fewer are showcased in online news media sources.

  • Just 10% of all news stories globally specifically focus on women or girls.

  • Roughly 80% of the “experts” interviewed by the news media are men. 


Want to learn more about women's roles in media and technology around the world? The stats above, and much more, can be found in these excellent reports: