Seen but not heard: Women in Burmese media

A STORY in a mainstream Burma (Myanmar) paper tells of how over 1000 workers from a garment factory in Yangon protested for their labour rights. Two of the three sources are male, both of whom reiterate the demands of the “workers”. Were you not to look at the accompanying image of 14 women striking outside the factory you would assume most of the workers were male. What the article does not tell you is that 90 percent of garment workers in Burma are female. This case is typical of how the media ignores women in Burmese news reporting. The landmark 2017 study ‘Gender in Myanmar News’ conducted by our organisation, the International Media Support and Fojo Media Institute, found that women only make up 16 percent of the people heard or read about across TV, radio, print and online news. The low representation of women as news sources and subjects...


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