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Media coverage of women in the Arab political sphere

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This article reports on some of the findings of a large research project conducted by the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women and The Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research entitled Strengthening women's leadership and participation in politics and decision-making processes in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The aim is to further our understanding of the relationship between the media and women in the political field in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The findings discuss the way media in the above countries propagate certain images of women who participate in the political field, and how these women react to such images, particularly the images of female politicians. The article concludes with some reflection on the way female politicians can harness the new media technologies to break through social barriers and to gain visibility.
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Keywords: Information and communication Technologies (ICTs); Maghreb; politics; social media; stereotypes; women

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: UN-INSTRAW, Tunisia.

Publication date: 01 December 2010

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  • The emergence of satellite TV, the internet and digital technology have dramatically changed the way audiences receive information and interact with the media. The sudden success of Al-Jazeera and other Arab broadcasters have altered the way the Arab world narrates itself and reports news from the region to the rest of the world. The journal aims to lead the debate about these emerging rapid changes in media and society in Arab and Muslim parts of the world.
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