In accordance with the 2012 Law on Equal Opportunities of Women and Men, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services has been preparing annual analyses of the treatment that gender-related issues receive in the daily information programmes and the way in which the programmes of the national television services in the Republic of North Macedonia portray women and men. In line with the above Law, once a year, the Agency submits a report to the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia on the way of portraying and depicting women and men, as well as the gender-related issues in the broadcasters’ programming concepts and contents.
Since 2013, the Agency has been dedicating special attention to gender-related issues. On 11 November 2013, a public session was held, dedicated to gender and media. A month later, a workshop was held on strengthening the capacities of media professionals in gender equality issues.
In 2014, a debate was held on the “Critical Understanding of the Media – Gender, Youth, Media Literacy”
The Agency usually publishes the results of the annual gender issues analysis
Оnline workshop for the Agency for audio and audiovisual media services and Council for media ethics in Macedonia for regulation, self-regulation and monitoring of the application of the media reporting standards, covering gender-based violence cases in the media
On 4 december 2020, the EU and Council of Europe joint action on “Freedom of expression and freedom of media in North Macedonia”, organised in Skopje an online workshop for the media regulatory authority, the Agency for audio and audiovisual media services and the self-regulatory body, the Council for media ethics in Macedonia.
During the meeting the participants discussed key facts and challenges related to the regulation, self-regulation and monitoring of the application of the media reporting standards, covering gender-based violence cases in the media. More information to the link.
“Analysis of the Gender Pay Gap in Broadcasting Industry in 2019” Published
The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services is seriously committed to introducing the gender issue in the mainstream media and constantly strives to provide relevant data on the status of gender in the media, which can then be used in the development of state policies and the formulation of editorial policies. In addition to conducting regular analyses of the gender structure of employees in the broadcasting industry, the Agency prepared, for the first time, an Analysis of the Gender Pay Gap in the Broadcasting Industry in 2019, which has been published in the form of a publication, into Macedonian, Albanian and English. The analysis of the gender pay gap in the broadcasting industry, with a special focus on gender structure, does not include data on the level of education, nor on the ethnicity of the employees in the media.
Publication on “Gender on TV and the Radio: Who Makes the Decisions and Who Implements Them?” Released
The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services has released a publication titled Gender on TV and the Radio: Who Makes the Decisions and Who Implements Them?, which covers the gender structure of the owners and the employees of the radio and television stations. The Analysis offers data on the ownership of the television and radio stations in 2019, as well as data on the structure of employees of the television and radio stations in 2018, including comparative data with those of the previous years.
Publication on “Gender on TV in 2018: On-Screen and Off-Screen” Comes Out of Print
In 2019, the Agency released a publication titled “Gender on TV in 2018: On-screen and Off-screen”, which portrays the state of play concerning women and men’s participation in the TV media sphere behind the scene at all levels, from the owners to the logistical support staff, as well as the results of the analysis of the TV programmes of the First and Second Channels of the Public Broadcasting Service and the commercial terrestrial television stations at the state level, in terms of the presence and treatment of gender-related topics and the portrayal of men and women.
The publication is printed in the Macedonian, Albanian and English languages.
Agency Launches Its Publications on Gender in the TV Programmes
At its first Public Meeting in 2018, held on 28 March 2018, the Agency launched several publications dedicated to gender issues in the TV programmes. The compilation contain annual research results speak about the presence and depiction of genders in the programmes of the national television stations in the period 2012-2016, and are printed in Macedonian, Albanian and English. They contain the results of five surveys and one meta-analysis that indicates the trends concerning gender and media.
Also launched at this event was the publication dedicated to gender in the television programmes in 2017, which consists of two analyses, one of which shows if, to what extent and in what way gender-related issues are present on TV, while the other presents the way in which genders are depicted and portrayed in the TV programmes. This publication was also printed in Macedonian, Albanian and English.
As part of its efforts to continuously provide media professionals and other interested stakeholders with tools for raising the awareness about media’s role in achieving equality between women and men, the Agency translated into Macedonian and Albanian the Recommendation on Gender Equality in the Audiovisual Sector, which the Council of Europe had adopted in September 2017.
Recommendation CM/Rec(2017)9 of the Committee of Ministers to the Member States on Gender Equality in the Audiovisual Media Sector is available at this link