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