March 19, 2009

NEWS: Parliamentary Assembly hearing on ‘Combating sexist stereotypes in the media’

Parliamentary Assembly hearing on 'Combating sexist stereotypes in the media'

Strasbourg, 19.03.2009 – How are women portrayed in the media? Do the media promote sexist stereotypes? What is their impact in society, especially among young people? What can be done to combat these stereotypes? What is the responsibility of the media? All these questions will be discussed at a hearing organised by the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), to be held in Paris on Tuesday 24 March.

The hearing is the initiative of Doris Stump (Switzerland, SOC), who is currently preparing a report on "Combating sexist stereotypes in the media". The participants will include German feminist writer Luise Pusch, the rapporteur of the French Committee on the image of women in the media Brigitte Grésy, Austrian sociologist Angelika Paseka, academics and representatives of journalists' associations.

The hearing, which will take place on Tuesday 24 March from 9 am to 1 pm at the Council of Europe Office (55 avenue Kléber, Paris 16ème, Metro: Boissière), is open to the public.

Programme of the Hearing

Nathalie Bargellini, PACE Communication Unit
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