Delegates at the STUC women’s conference unanimously backed an NUJ motion to improve representation of women in the press and stop media sexism.
The motion calls on women and trade unionists to fight back and call out examples of poor treatment of women by the media and to press for responsible reporting standards demonstrating respect for women, eliminating objectification and sexualisation and focusing on their ideas, abilities and achievements rather than their appearance, personal life and how they dress.
The conference was held in Glenrothes, Fife from 30 to 31 October 2017. Freelance journalist Claire Sawers of Edinburgh freelance branch moved the motion on behalf of the NUJ.
She said “We at the NUJ share the same frustrations as our sisters here. We find ourselves back, once again, talking about the various ways that our colleagues in the media continue to misrepresent women. Each of you will have examples, sometimes very recent ones, of ways that women are sexualised, blamed, humiliated and discriminated against.
“The problem doesn’t only apply to women being reported on in the media. It affects women employed in the media too. Continue reading