Study: Women’s press became more capable of raising issues on women’s rights

MADA/ Ramallah/

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” has issued a study on women’s press and freedom of opinion and expression in Palestine.

The study aimed to shed light on women’s press from competent institutions of women’s issues and rights in Palestine, and their contribution to promoting freedom of expression and the obstacles encountered, through providing in-depth a picture on how to address women’s issues by a group of competent media organizations.

The study was prepared by two researchers, Walid Moussa and Bassam Awartani and considered as the thirteenth in a series of studies released by “MADA” center, in order to contribute in addressing issues and cases and highlight them, to serve the promotion of freedom of expression and the development of media in Palestine.

The research sample included the newspaper “Sawt Al Nisaa’/Voice of Women” issued by the Forum of Women’s (a civil organization), and the Radio “Women FM” (non-profit company), and the radio “Sawt Al Nidaa’/Voice of Women” in Gaza (private company).

The study concludes that “Women’s press” became more capable of raising issues on women’s rights and barriers, that is an indicator of widening spaces of freedoms and tackling women issues in media, although the study recorded certain weaknesses in media, particularly, in surveys, Electronic Media and the poor use of advanced technologies, as presenting contents in ways that only ensure widespread, rather than self-censorship in journalism and media workers, and above all dominance of political discourse ”

The study that was issued in support by the “Open Society institutions”, recommended to enhance the coordination between women’s press institutions, in order to build an integrated media strategy and encourage investigative journalism, and focus on raising issues as women empowerment economically more than politically, and strive to develop a periodic evaluation of the impact of specialist media of women’s issues programs through field surveys, including a comprehensive help in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the most influential aspects of society and the public.