South African National Editors Forum's (Sanef) Glass Ceilings report of women in South African media shows that in the media industry women still suffer inequality based on their gender.

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Mahlatse Mahlase, the chairperson of Sanef, in her forward for the report said: "The industry is slowly changing; more women are entering senior roles but we would be naive to think sexism, racism and male chauvinism will end in our lifetime media."

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For the first time, SANEF report also included how women suffer discrimination when it comes to social media, with many being the target of "cyber misogyny".

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Sanef made the following recommendations to address gender and racial bias in the workplace:

  • Greater ownership and control of the media by women, especially black women;
  • All media adopting gender and diversity policies;
  • Setting targets for achieving parity at all levels;
  • Banning sexism;
  • Calling out “mansplaining”;
  • Revealing and closing the gender wage gap; opening spaces for women to speak out;
  • Family friendly practices;
  • Self-monitoring and reporting.

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This is how women are affected by inequality in the media:

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