Women’s Presence in the Media Coverage of the 2016 Municipal Elections
Women’s Presence in the Media Coverage of the 2016 Municipal Elections is a study developed by Maharat Foundation, and it examines how the Lebanese media dealt with women during municipal elections in May 2016.
The study raised central questions about the role of the media in disseminating a stereotype of women and in spreading awareness about their role and presence in the society. Its aim was to highlight the status of women in the electoral media which paves the way to include them in public affairs. It also showed the responsibility of the media to free women from the social chains that prevent them from playing their roles in the society.
The study sought to answer the following questions.
- How did the media distribute coverage rates between women and men?
- What role do women have in the media?
- Did the media contribute to the visibility of women as a key player or as a main focus of coverage?
- Did women attract media?
- Did media enable women to deliver their voice directly?
- What is the direct access of women to media compared to men?
- How did the media deal with women as sources of electoral discourse in media coverage?