GENDER GAP IN MEDIA ELECTION COVERAGE

In 2015 Tanzania election, women were under-represented in media. In analysis of one month of all stories from six newspapers monitored between mid-September and late October last year TAMWA found that; only 11per cent of women had access to newspapers during the 2015 Tanzania General Election.

Just like in 2005 and 2010, election media reportage in 2015 continued to use men as the main sources in the news content. From about 2,577 sources used in various media content during 2015 election, men were 2,256 which is about 88 percent compared to women who contributed only 303 sources which was equivalent to 11 percent. The unknown sources were only 18 which is equivalent to 1 percent. The findings also show that men dominated in all topic categories even those that are not related to elections.

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