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March 2020 Newsletter

A newsletter focusing on
Women in (Community) Media in Europe

Women on the European Airwaves

The past month has all over Europe - and around the world - been marked by the Coronavirus crisis and there are many testimonies of the vital role community media play now - as always in times of crisis. With a spirit of solidarity we are keen to engage in responsible communication. Providing multilingual information is part of our mandate and a task still inadequately carried out by official sources. We want to share our recognition and gratefulness to all of you making this work!

In the midst of the virus March has so far unfolded as an unusual 'women’s month' with hundreds of celebratory events cancelled. Still, however, the weeks around March 8 have seen the emergence of a lot of much needed quality information on the situation of women in the media, on how women are portrayed by the media and as users of the mediaYou will soon find out that along with our ordinary content, this issue has a focus on women and (community) media. We hope you will find it inspiring!

This newsletter reflects the multitude of reports of the situation of women and media on the one hand and on the other tools for improving the unsatisfactory situation documented. We are sharing a handful of both below, including general tools on how to ensure a better representation of women in the media and an improved image, profile and space of women as portrayed in the media.

The Beijing +25 review of the status and level of implementation of the 1995 plan of action is shared hereunder, along with information about events planned the rest of the year - including online.

We are happy to invite both a new co-opted member on to our board as well as a new member of our expert group - and we welcome our sector's new EU commissioner, Vera Jourova.

March 8 celebration-information has been received from Radio LoRa in Switzerland and from AMARC-Europe's WIN, and we again share results from our own work and inspiration from that of others, within CMFE's three central strategic priority areas: "Strengthening the enabling environment of the 3rd media sector", "Communication and Visibility of Community Media" and "Action and cooperation for change". 

On the occasion of the special theme of this issue, we furthermore present a section of the newsletter on "Strengthening an enabling environment for women in the (community) media".

Our 'community media classifieds' again bring you information on events and new relevant titles. Should you want some of your own research or publications showcased, do share on

Presentation of CMFE members continue - Sweden is on this month!

Enjoy reading!

Birgitte Jallov
CMFE President

The photo at the top is from the hectic preparation of the International Women's Day radio show at Bradford Community Radio

News from our own CMFE-world

Larry Macaulay New CMFE board member

Larry Macaulay was born in Nigeria and is a graduate of Engineering from Cyprus International University. Larry is an award-winning Media Entrepreneur, Social reformer, Public affairs analyst and social critic. Larry has been an open critic of Mainstream Media's lack of ethnic diversity and inclusion in its programs and reporting on migration issues. This has seen him present his opinion in keynotes, talks with Q&As in Europe, Africa, and the Middle east. Based in Rome, Italy and Hamburg Germany, Larry daily inspires tens of thousands of Refugees via his Radio show and motivational speeches, workshops and seminars. 

Read more here

Josef Seethaler - new member of the CMFE Expert Group

Josef Seethaler holds a doctoral degree of the University of Vienna and is the deputy director of the Vienna-based Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC), which is hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Klagenfurt. He also works as a lecturer at the Universities of Vienna and Klagenfurt, and participates in several international projects, e.g., ‘Worlds of Journalism’ and ‘Media Pluralism Monitor’ (on behalf of the European Commission). He is member of several scientific advisory boards and works as a reviewer for highly ranked journals and various scientific associations. He has mainly published on political communication, political journalism, and the development of media systems.

Gender Equality? Beijing+25 Review

On the global stage the 'Beijing+25 review' of the 'Plan of Action' was foreseen with excitement, summing up the analysis by all the UN member countries.

The result highlighted the important role for media to "help to shift understanding of and norms regarding violence against women and girls and to promote positive norms in support of gender equality". CMFE welcomes the challenge to ensure highlighting the role of media for equality in all all areas. Read more...

The European Parliament review and strong call for action available here.

And find more resources on this below under '... an enabling environment...'

March 8 celebrations

Radio LoRa takes to the streets on March 8th

After more than 100.000 women* demonstrated in Zurich on June 14th, 2019 in the iconic Frauenstreik, Radio LoRa was back on the streets on March 8th with its RADIA bus. Switzerland has a particularly poor record on gender issues such as pay gap, in spite of its privileged economy, and women* are more determined than ever to end inequality.

Claim the Waves, the AMARC-Europe's Women's Network insists!

AMARC-Europe’s Women’s International Network (WIN) is alive and active since the re-activation in 2016. The network among others celebrates March 8 together and the AMARC-Europe WIN coordinator Xenia Helms invites women in community media in Europe to take part in the women’s activities during the AMARC-Europe 2020 General Assembly in Ireland later in the year. Furthermore the network plans a 'Women, Claim the Waves!' festival in Vienna July 9-12, 2020. More here...

Selected CMFE Priority Activities
Strengthening an enabling environment
Supporting Quality Journalism through Media and Information Literacy

Community media provide alternative media for local people and for minority communities, giving them an opportunity to actively participate in creating media and by extension learning about the media and developing critical media literacy skills.

This is among the core findings in the new report, published by the Council of Europe with the contribution by CMFE's Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl. It was carried out in support of the CoE work on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ).

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Vera Jourova - our sector's new Commissioner

Véra Jourová is our sector's new commissioner in the European Commission (2019-2024), responsible for Values and Transparency - and media pluralism, media freedom. (Click the photo for Jourova's presentation of herself - ALDE tweet.)

In her mission letter from President von der Leyen, it is among others stressed that: "Media pluralism and media freedom are essential parts of our democratic system. You should make use of the Media Pluralism Monitor to identify risks to plurality in the media sector, and should propose cross-border projects to support independent and diverse journalistic activities." "You will coordinate the work on inclusion and building a genuine Union of equality and diversity." And: "The mission outlined above is not exhaustive or prescriptive. Other opportunities and challenges will no doubt appear over the course of the next five years." The full mission letter.

Strengthening an enabling environment for women in the (community) media

Unacceptable levels of violence against women in the media * GAMAG report exposes situation in Europe 

Gender-based violence against women journalists has increased dramatically, both offline and online, the Gender Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) reports, and stresses that these professionals face more barriers to performing their professional roles in safe conditions. 

Slow progress has been made by governments and news media industries to guarantee safety conditions for women journalists. Also for this reason, GAMAG protested about the omission of this in the final poliltical declaration emerging from the Beijing+25 review process. 


CMFE joins IFJ's call to ratify Convention 190 - to reduce violence against women journalists

To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) urged world governments to ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment in the world of work and help reduce the “unacceptable” level of violence against women journalists. 

Convention 190 was adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 10th June 2019 and is now in the process of ratification by Member States. The IFJ and other Global Unions and Federations have been battling for several years in support of a convention that would outlaw gender-based violence at work.

ECPMF’s Women’s Reporting Point

To deepen a gender-specific aspect of the safety of journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) has recently launched a new Rapid Response Mechanism, a Women’s Reporting Point, which encourages female media workers to report if they are subjected to harassment or they witness it in their journalistic work. Reports received are given priority, treated confidentially and are only handled by women staff.

If you are interested in general access to services related to Gender Based Violence, the new WAVE report has just been launched.

Changing the environment for women in the media

How do you secure a conducive and safe work environment in your community media while securing equal opportunities for women? The Women's documentation centre in Manila ISIS and AMARC developed a generic gender policy, which individual community media can adapt. It is available in many languages (see below).

While this came out in 2008, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) recently presented their EBU Gender Equality Guidelines, which we in our sector could also take good inspiration from. The guidelines include: Practical Steps to build a Roadmap; Focus on Policy; Focus on Culture and Closing the gender pay gap and guaranteeing equal pay.

Tackling online violence and abuse against women journalists: what media houses can do

While we below share the GAMAG report on gender violence in the media in European countries, another important resource on what media houses can actually do, is shared by Michelle Ferrier and the Trollbusters in this important blog.

AMARC Gender policy for community radio  

From our own world, the international Community radio association AMARC in 2009 developed a gender policy to inspire stations develop their own: "Community radio has an obligation to redress the imbalance [of women's role and space in the media], facilitate women’s involvement at all levels of decision-making and programming; ensure that women’s voices and concerns are part of the daily news agenda; ensure that women are portrayed positively as active members of society; and support women acquire the technical skills and confidence to control their communications." Read more here...

Improving the Visibility of Community Media
New Neighbours documentary Please help us share the beautiful trailer

Very soon we will start sharing the powerful films co-produced by EBU members via the New Neighbours website, one by one. We will announce them on Twitter via #newneighbours and count on you all to spread them far and wide on social media!

Communicating the SDGs - a Toolkit for Community Radio

This toolkit helps demystify and simplify the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 targets for community radios, in order to ensure their effective contribution in meeting the Agenda 2030.

The Sustainable Development Goals are the people’s goals, shaped by the citizens and therefore need their participation if we want to come anywhere close to achieving the targets. Community radios have this power, based on their listeners' trust.

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Action for Cooperation and Change

Community media in times of (Coronavirus) crisis

Community media play a vital role in times of crisis. We are taking our work as providers of information very seriously, especially in this situation, because we consider it politically crucial to accompany this pandemic with a spirit of solidarity and with a critical view of society and a fair perspective. Our role is not to spread panic, but to engage in responsible communication. Providing multilingual information is part of  our mandate and a task still inadequately carried out by official sources

Advice for media practitioners
New Neighbours Updates

New Neighbours is about people who had to leave their home and try to integrate into a new neighbourhood, new village, new city, new society.

*RTV Cardedeu goes multilingual

RTV Cardedeu has started its very first multilingual / ‘foreign language’ content thanks to New Neighbours! What a wonderful way to celebrate their 40th anniversary, happening this year! 

Here you can hear Meryem and Hamza from Morroco talking in Arabic ("Maghrebi 100 %"), and Kiemba from Senegal speaking Mandinga, Spanish and Catalan (“Bamtabakacha"), just click on the corresponding program tab:

We hope you enjoy, even if you understand just a few words.

* CMFE local trainings at the starting blocks

Our three local trainings with migrant producers are in preparation, although delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

* Birgitte Jallov, CMFE President, will be working with Radio Student in Slovenia.

* Larry Macaulay from Refugee Radio Network will visit University radio Radio Rumore and Fondazione Mondinsieme in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

* Bianca Miglioretto, community radio founder and trainer from Radio LoRa in Switzerland, will join RTV Cardedeu in Spain. (more through link below)

Read much more here!

Near FM announce new audio drama series by Women writers

The Dublin-based community radio Near FM launched a new season of the New Drama Hour on International Women's day. A series of darkly funny, challenging and innovative audio dramas from up and coming women writers. Following on from season 1, this new collection brings some of the best new writing talent to the airwaves brought to life by a cast and crew of seasoned Irish actors and directors.

Near FM broadcasts on 90.3 FM in North East Dublin

Women make the News

Launched annually on International Women's Day (8 March), Women Make the News is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness on issues relating to gender equality in and through the media, driving debate and encouraging action-oriented solutions to meet global objectives.

In 2019 Women Make the News included a set of Gender-Sensitive Resources to assist you with your Gender Equality Checkup.
Remember, gender mainstreaming is a process rather than a goal!

One Step Closer to Justice! Civil Rádio, Budapest, fights back

The Hungarian Metropolitan Court dismissed Civil Radio's legal action at first instance, regarding our frequency usage. It was not prolonged for another five years by the Media Council. Now the station will appeal before the Curia, which is the next level.

Please find Civil Radio's board's communique here

Read more here - about the background story as told by Civil Radio.
Women and women's bodies - through the lens of Media Literacy

Under the heading of 'Women and Media Representation' one chapter of this media literacy manual shares tools for community radio broadcasters to reflect on the image, representation and voice of women in the media.

While dating back to 2010, the manual still raises urgent and relevant questions for discussion in a community radio production collective like:
• Would reporting clear ‘facts’, remove gender bias?
• Should only women speak for women in the media?
• Does ‘objectivity’ legitimise patriarchal control?

Contact the author Jack Byrne for access.

Who are we in the CMFE? A monthly member portrait
Community Media Sweden (CMS)

CMS, Community Media Sweden, formed in 2015 and is the umbrella organization for RÖK (Riksförbundet Öppna Kanaler i Sverige / National Swedish Open TV Group) and NRO (Närradions Riksorganisation / National Local Radio association).

RÖK has around 150 member stations in tota.

CMS (, a member of CMFE since 2016, chose to unite the forces of the two separate original organisations (one for community radio, the other for community TV) to strengthen the resistance power to the present-day centralisation and to wind back the local democracy and space for community media.

RÖK works for support to development of culture and democracy:

  • CMS wants support to be channeled to community/ local media to prioritise all with a focus on securing that listeners understand the politics around them, and come into a position to engage actively and informed, in the everyday democracy.
  • CMS wants the Swedish cultural and democracy editorial support to first of all be directed to local organisations and businesses to ensure the local cultural and social presence and influence.

Read more here...

All that you did not know you might be missing...

CMFE is happy to pass on the invitation from the European Commission’s Media Literacy Secretariat to you all and encourage you to engage! You can enter here to become a part of it all: take part in existing events and register your own! More here...
Find interactive events map here.

CMFE and New Neighbours are CMMA Conference partners - much more in the next newsletters:
A new academic Master Programme in Media and Area Studies (MARS)

A new academic Master Programme in Media and Area Studies (MARS) is starting at Charles University in Prague. It combines an interest in media and politics with a strong emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe and on the European Union. More information at and here:

Community Media - Selected publications about Women and (community) media


Setting the gender agenda for communication policy: new proposals from the Global Alliance on Media and Gender


Corporate author:UNESCO, Global Alliance on Media and Gender
Person as author:Vega Montiel, Aimée [editor], Macharia, Sarah [editor]




173 pages








The Big conversation: handbook to address violence against women in and through the media


Corporate author: UNESCO, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women






English, Français


9231018973 --- Licence type:CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO




Communicating the Sustainable Development Goals: a toolkit for community radio


Corporate author: Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (India)

Person as author: Kapoor, Archana [author], Chandran, Pinky [author]







Document code:

Document code: IN/2020/CI/90




Media Literacy Lens – a media literacy manual for media literacy trainers


Byrne, Jack


A CRAOL Community Media Publication






Gender-sensitive indicators for media: Framework of indicators to gauge gender sensitivity in media operations and content


Grizzle, Alton




English, Arabic - Also available in:

汉语, Tiếng Việt, монгол хэл, Bahasa Indonesia, Français, Español


185 p.


978-92-3-001101-7, 978-92-3-600057-2 (ara), 978-92-3-600057-2 (ara), 978-92-3-501001-5 (chi), 978-92-3-000011-0 (mon)

License type:





Women, inequality and media work


O’Brien, Anne










Transnational Othering – Global Diversities.
Media, extremism and free expression


Eide, Elisabeth; Orgeret, Kristin Skare; Mutluer, Nil














Women and radio – airing differences. On the importance of community radio as space for women’s representation, participation and resistance.


Mitchell, Caroline Anne




Doctoral Thesis, University of Sunderland




Women and Radio. Airing Differences


Mitchell, Caroline




Psychology Press

290 pages


ISBN-13: 978-0415220705; ISBN-10: 041522070X


Jallov, Birgitte




AMARC-Europe Women’s Network




Unequal Opportunities: The Case of Women and the Media


Gallagher, Margaret









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Women on the Air: Women in (Community) Radio in Europe


Jallov, Birgitte




Roskilde University Centre, Denmark - EMPOWERHOUSE

Inputs for this section this month entirely from: here - other sources will be introduced the coming months

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