Kuwait, August, 16, 2020:
Observatory recommends that The media should make greater efforts to host feminist models that have a stock of knowledge, community work, or express ideological opinions, in order to encourage more women to present themselves boldly and forcefully and to contribute to removing women from the stereotypes that many of them work to confine themselves to. Further The media in their various reports and whenever possible, shall host women to present their point of view on the topic discussed just as they do with the men.
Report issued by the Media Observatory for the Advocacy of Gender Issues (Shaqaeq i.e. Sisters) that is gender equality is not limited to the presence of women within limited positions, but rather an integrative process that begins with policies until they turn into practices. These policies cannot take place if the media remain dependent on their coverage on showing the activities of public benefit associations’ events.
Observatory that is a specialized center affiliated with the Kuwaiti Society for Human Rights, aims to advocate for gender issues and follows up the latest developments in women's rights in the State of Kuwait, added In the media, the working woman shall not be specialized in the stereotypical women's issues such as cooking and fashion, but she is interested in the political and social issues so she must get out of her stereotypical framework, present her comprehensive message that touches the reality of people and society and carry a plan for real change based on clear foundations.
Khaled Al Hamodi, Chairman of Kuwaiti Society for Human Rights, said that the report is an activity that follows “Sisters” Observatory, which has been launched by the Society to be one of its activities within Takamul Project to promote the gender equality in Kuwaiti society, which is being executed by the Society in cooperation with the Middle East Partnership Initiative.
He pointed that the process of monitoring media content related to women will remain ongoing and will be accompanied by a process of visits to the media and providing observations and recommendations on how to incorporate gender concepts in various media materials.
The period covered by the report is the second quarter of this year, April - June 2020.