Magazine article Anglican Journal

Advances in Argentina

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Advances in Argentina

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In 2009, Argentina passed its groundbreaking Audiovisual Communication Services Law, making significant egalitarian changes in the media landscape and paving the way for a more realistic portrayal of women in Argentine media. But there's still a long way to go.

"The media in Argentina are sexist because our society remains sexist," says Argentine writer Marcela Gabioud, GMMP co-ordinator for Argentina. "The media typically show women doing domestic work like 'proper women.' Men are the powerful ones and have knowledge of all the world's important things--including women's problems!"

Now the communications law and a law prohibiting violence against women (including the symbolic violence of the media) are poised to change things for the better. "Both laws together are excellent tools to effect change in the media," says Gabioud. The country's sizable feminist movement is doing major advocacy work with the media and with RedPAR, a journalists' network supporting a non-sexist communications sector.

For Gabioud, the GMMP reports are valuable assets for revealing the status of women as newsmakers and presenters. "We understand that if more people are aware of the GMMP's results, it will be easier to convince them of the unequal situation. …

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