Gender imbalances continue to exist, not least in the media and Information and Communications Technology sectors. The European Parliament is concerned about the image of women in the media and about the glass ceiling they still encounter.
Women constitute 70% of journalism and communication graduates in the EU but they occupy only 30% of management jobs in the media. This imbalance widens the pay gap between women and men. MEPs say media companies should pay attention to women's advancement. They should offer management training for women or flexible working arrangements. We must make sure that women are not discriminated against, be it for jobs, salary, or in the race to become top management. Content is also important. Media turns to women mostly for opinion or for personal testimonies, and almost never as experts. Parliament wants to encourage best practices, such as setting up databases of women experts, as well as media campaigns and promoting diversity. It's important that women are present, that they are heard, that we see women as experts, because women provide another point of view. In journalism, women are less likely to cover sports or business, and their looks are given greater importance. Parliament is calling on media companies to update their internal policies, including with codes of conduct and anti-harassment measures.