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The Swedish paradox of gender equality and the media.

Conference contribution
Authors Maria Edström
Published in The EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality, Women in the Media, France 12-13 November 2018
Place of publication Bryssel
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Language en
Keywords Gender equality, media, Women in the Media, EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality, news media, journalism
Subject categories Gender Studies, Media and Communications, Media Studies


This comment paper on gender and media in Sweden was written in the context of The EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality, Women in the Media, Paris 12-13 November 2018. Besides the host country France, government representatives and independent experts from further 17 EU Member States participated in the event. The key focuses of the seminar were recent laws, policies and good practices of the French government and other stakeholders that address persistent under-representation and discrimination against women in all media professions, and the broader issue of gender stereotypes in media content, sexism, and sexist abuse. The French government has taken a transversal and pro-active approach across the relevant Ministries. The Swedish paper present recent developments in Sweden and explains why gender equality in the media is a matter of expanding freedom of expression. It also calls for the collection of comparable and consistent sex-disaggregated data about the media – otherwise, it is impossible to know if there is progress. it also suggests that media issues are promoted in global agendas. The publication is supported by the European Union Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).

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