A study on “the social and professional status of women and their status in the media in Algeria” was presented, on Monday in Algeria, in the presence of Minister of Communication, Hamid Qureen, who said that women are “relatively important” in the media sector in Algeria despite a “weak presence” in decision-making positions in the same sector, RadioAlgerie reported.
The study, carried out by the Ministry of Communication in coordination with the United Nations Women’s Fund (UNU), was prepared under the program of cooperation between the Algerian government and the United Nations Women’s Organization “Promoting the effectiveness of the principle of equal rights for men and women in Algeria 2015-2018” under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
The five-month study led to numerical results based on “An Approach to the Status of Women in the Communication Sector: Social, Professional and Audiovisual Programming”.
The results of this study, presented by consultant Saeed Bin Murad, indicate that “the position of women in the communication sector and media institutions, whether written or audiovisual, is relatively important despite the small presence in leadership positions.”
The same study shows that women journalists “enjoy a high percentage of positions of responsibility in some media but little or no in decision-making positions.”
In its recommendations, the study aims to improve the social and economic status of women in the media” and at promoting the principle of gender equality in the media.
The Belgian Ambassador to Algeria, Pierre Gillon, who attended the meeting, whose country provided financial support for the program of cooperation between Algeria and the United Nations Women’s Organization, pointed out that the same program includes various fields, especially the field related to the participation of women elected at the local level.
The Belgian Ambassador said that he recently launched the “Last Training Course for Local Women, which is part of the partnership between UN Women, the Ministry of the Interior and local communities with the support of Belgium.”
The Cooperation Program between the Government of Algeria and the United Nations Women’s Fund was launched “Enhancing the effectiveness of the principle of equal rights for men and women in Algeria 2015-2018 in October 2012 by the Government of Algeria and the United Nations Women’s Organization (UN Gender and Empowerment) woman).
The program aims to support national dynamics and contribute to institutions and civil society to “greater effectiveness of the principle of equal rights enshrined in national legislation”.
The program is part of the national policy to defend the promotion of women’s rights and the implementation of Algeria’s international obligations.