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Sexist stereotypes in the media – a barrier to gender equality

In a resolution adopted today, the Parliamentary Assembly recommends a series of measures designed to combat sexist stereotypes in the media. It invites in particular the member states to set up regulatory and self-regulatory media authorities to reduce gender-based discrimination and to devise codes of good practice with partners in the profession to promote the balanced presence of women and men in the media.

At the same time, the Assembly encourages national parliaments to adopt legal measures to penalise sexist remarks or insults. However, as the rapporteur on this issue, Doris Stump (Switzerland, SOC), points out, media education also needs to be provided from an early age to teach young people how to decode images and messages.