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Media Supervision & Advocacy

 

 Supervision of and Advocacy in Media

 

The media is the creator of our conventional culture, including mindsets, values and beliefs.  Are we nurturing gender discrimination and a violent culture, or are we eradicating gender stereotypes, improving the status of vulnerable populations, and promoting a culture of gender equality?  This issue is worthy of further considerations, amelioration, and collaboration!

 

Our Objectives:

(1)  To inspect for loopholes in professional services on gender-based violence (GBV) prevention through media reports.

(2)  To evaluate whether the perspectives the media takes when reporting GBV a) offer audience a correct perception of GBV prevention, b) harbour traditional GBV misconceptions and stereotypes, and c) compromise victim privacy.

(3)  To examine whether the media plays a role in perpetuating GBV misconceptions and gender stereotypes, and put forward suggestions on gender justice as is appropriate.

(4)  To protect victims and their minors and raise public awareness on gender equality by constructing and advocating the key factors to appropriate reporting of GBV incidents.

 

 

What We Do:

(1)  Conduct monthly inspections and follow-ups on media reports of domestic violence and sexual assaults.

(2)  Classify and analyze media cases and organize internal conferences.

(3)  Track subsequent development of cases

(4)  Analyze and summarize GBV issues

(5)  Attend external conferences on media case discussions and media self-discipline committees.

(6)  Hold press conferences to advocate proposals to relevant responsible authorities.

(7)  Visit, lobby, and present proposals to relevant responsible authorities.

(8)  Advocate for the prevention and control of domestic violence and sexual assaults

 

 

Items in need of consideration when reporting sexual assaults:

  • Refrain from victim blaming through thorough consideration of vocabularies used — take note of whether the report may inflict secondary damage on victims!
  • Challenge misconceptions and stereotypes — take note of whether the report may support prejudices or assumptions!
  • Widen our perspectives by placing individual cases into a broader national and international context — ensure the accuracy of crime statistics and event descriptions!
  • Give voice to the victims and support them with professional services and resources — be sure to inspect incidents impartially and take note of the public's right to know!
  • Raise public awareness on GBV and gender inequality — pay attention to the social essence and origin of GBV to avoid disseminating a subculture of sexual assaults and fortifying gender violence!
  • Take action — keep an eye out for better strategies and systems on prevention and control of GBV!