openDemocracy joins UN Women media alliance
openDemocracy joined UN Women Compact media, an invited alliance of media organizations around the world that are committed to actively promoting women’s rights and gender equality.
Other media partners include Deutsche Welle, France24, Glamor, The Huffington Post, Marie Claire, Politico, and numerous regional outlets across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
“We are delighted to join this partnership,” said Claire Provost, head of global investigations at openDemocracy and founder of the Tracking the Backlash project, which investigates organized opposition to women’s and LGBTIQ rights around the world.
“Since 2017, our groundbreaking feminist investigative journalism has had a major impact – including on international media and political debates – thanks to the extraordinary hard work and dedication of our growing team and network of women and men. LGBTIQ journalists around the world, ”says Provost.
“It’s wonderful to see this work recognized with an invitation to join the UN Women Media Compact. We look forward to working with this group to change the media – and therefore the debate – on rights and equality around the world, ”she added.
Media partners are urged to “intensify their focus on women’s rights and gender issues through high-quality coverage, complemented by gender-sensitive business practices,” according to UN Women.
They are also expected to “break down stereotypes and prejudices” and “increase the number of women in the media”, including in leadership and decision-making roles.
The alliance was created in 2016 as part of the UN Women roadmap to implement the sustainable development goals (SDGs) – in particular goal five, which strives to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.
The specific targets of this SDG include ending gender-based violence and universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
According to UN Women, the minimum activities expected from media partners include the production of at least two high-quality articles per month focusing on women’s rights and gender equality; aim for gender parity in the sources cited in the stories; and ensure that women journalists receive mentors and guidance for their professional advancement.
In return, UN Women is committed to amplifying the content of its partners through its social media channels and 90 offices around the world.
In addition, media are granted pre-access to editorial content, exclusive briefings with experts, priority for interviews and special access to UN Women events.
OpenDemocracy’s Tracking the Backlash project – led by LGBTIQ women and journalists – investigates backlash against women’s and LGBTIQ rights and challenges the exclusion of various voices from the media.
Tracking the Backlash surveys have been nominated for numerous awards, including several British Journalism Awards 2020 and the European Center for Press and Media Freedom IJ4EU annual impact award.