UN chief challenges broadcasters to promote gender equality - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Thursday called on radio broadcasters everywhere to promote the voice of women and to enhance their role within broadcast organisations.
“The airwaves have frequently lagged behind when it comes to gender equality,” said Ban in his public message to mark this year’s World Radio Day.
Encouraging radio stations to be more inclusive by equally recognising women in their staff and their audience, the UN chief noted that “not only enough women’s voices are heard – either in front or behind the microphone – but also not nearly enough stories about women and girls are being told.”
According to Ban, women make up only a quarter of members of the boards of the world’s media enterprises.
“Radio can also help dismantle stereotypical and imbalanced programming. This is an opportunity for everyone,” he said. “Let us celebrate this World Radio Day by saluting women in radio today and doing our utmost to nurture the new voices for tomorrow.”.