Illustration by @enas.satir

Illustration by @enas.satir

IMS’ media reader on gender and sexuality

On this site, you will navigate through a diverse selection of fabulous journalism produced by IMS partners worldwide during the years 2015-2020. With affection, sharpness, passion, challenge, and – sometimes – satire, these entries address the violations and resistance that occur as consequence of and response to patriarchal society. Such topics are often considered taboo and rarely make the news – too often simply dismissed as too private or “women’s issues.”

Globally, voices demanding change are chanted and echoed in media and public debate. Feminist protest movements such #MeToo, Un Violador En Tu Camino and Collectif490 are calling for the most fundamental rights to the own body. Women are on the frontlines of uprisings, connecting the authoritarian and patriarchal oppression of people and gender-based mass violations and brutal violence. Men and trans persons are joining the women’s movement as allies, while also critically examining and challenging the rigid, stereotypical, and limiting gender norms of boys and men.      

Media is not merely channeling and describing these realities; but it has a moving power to challenge the mainstream narratives and stereotypes, push for changing norms and values and raise issues onto the public agenda. It can also help in fighting impunity, hold decision makers accountable, and promote the rights of people of all genders. By boosting this journalism, IMS hopes to contribute to the feminist struggle towards enabling a just and equal world for all.  

This Gender Reader will republish periodic editions. In this edition, you will find yourself moving among the protesters in Lahore, Beirut and Khartoum calling for change, and you will meet brave people of all genders who resist gender norms and opposes oppression; you will learn that the hymen is in your mind, if feminists can enjoy rap, how cinema can change our narrative on violence and much, much more.

IMS’ partners produce substantial journalistic work on gender equality and women’s rights. This is a brief selection of pieces that provide a first glimpse into the debates going on in different parts of the world. As the struggle for equality continues, this site will be updated with more material on more topics from different part of the world.

During the production process of this inaugural edition of the IMS Gender Reader, the Covid-19 pandemic erupted. The world as we knew it, is transforming at an accelerated pace. The gendered implications and impacts of Covid-19 will be the thematic focus in future editions and formats.

Language and sexuality

Language and sexuality

On the empowerment of speech

#ENAZEDA. Beyond stories, a political act

#ENAZEDA. Beyond stories, a political act

An audio documentary on Tunisia’s #MeToo

Women and migration

Women and migration

A Women’s Listening Club in Mali discuss the issues of migration

From mystical brides to lip-synching queens

From mystical brides to lip-synching queens

An analysis of cross-dressing in Myanmar

Gender equality - a cornerstone of media development

IMS is convinced that media cannot be truly professional unless all genders, people from minorities and disadvantaged groups are represented in media production and that media content is free from stereotypical and degrading content. Our vision is that everyone, irrespective of a person’s gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, abilities or socio-economic status, can enjoy their right to freedom of expression and participate in the public debate.

IMS supports partners in the Global South to produce content that advances gender equality, amplifies women’s and oppressed people’s voices and reports in an ethical and gender-sensitive way. IMS also supports partners to improve the conditions for female journalists through research, safety of female journalists, equal opportunities and breaking glass ceilings.   

Culture and Society

Gender-Based Violence

Politics and Economy

Queer and Masculinities

Women’s Health