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For the Human Rights of Women and Girls: The Social Representation of Violence of Gender in the Mexican Media Agenda

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According to the Fourth World Conference on Women, violence against women is defined as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life (UN, Beijing, 1995). It is recognized as an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of democracy: equality, development and peace. This social problem represents the main obstacle for the human rights of Mexican women and girls throughout their life cycle.
Many social, cultural and legal factors make the Violence against women in Mexico one of the most pressing problems in the country, including the configuration of stereotypes of gender in media discourses. This paper, from a Feminist perspective, shows the results of the two years’ “Violence of gender against women and girls in the Mexican media agenda” project. Using content analysis, the paper answers the question: What is the social representation of violence of gender against women and girls in the agenda of the main Mexican television channels, radio stations, newspapers, magazines and web-pages? The dimensions of the social representation of violence against women in media discourses allow the analysis of how victims and aggressors are represented, the forms of violence of gender, the treatment of this problem as a private problem and the responsibility of Mexican institutions, among others.
The findings show that Mexican media transmit contents where stereotyped images of discrimination and violence against women are common, and that through such discourses the media contribute to perpetuate them. The paper points out the need for the adoption of policies to eliminate these images, by informing, explaining and stimulating the public debate and actions for the eradication of violence against women, with a perspective that promotes a society based on equality and respect, essential for the development and peace in contemporary societies.
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Vega, Aimee. "For the Human Rights of Women and Girls: The Social Representation of Violence of Gender in the Mexican Media Agenda" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p295358_index.html>

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Vega, A. "For the Human Rights of Women and Girls: The Social Representation of Violence of Gender in the Mexican Media Agenda" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p295358_index.html

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Abstract: According to the Fourth World Conference on Women, violence against women is defined as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life (UN, Beijing, 1995). It is recognized as an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of democracy: equality, development and peace. This social problem represents the main obstacle for the human rights of Mexican women and girls throughout their life cycle.
Many social, cultural and legal factors make the Violence against women in Mexico one of the most pressing problems in the country, including the configuration of stereotypes of gender in media discourses. This paper, from a Feminist perspective, shows the results of the two years’ “Violence of gender against women and girls in the Mexican media agenda” project. Using content analysis, the paper answers the question: What is the social representation of violence of gender against women and girls in the agenda of the main Mexican television channels, radio stations, newspapers, magazines and web-pages? The dimensions of the social representation of violence against women in media discourses allow the analysis of how victims and aggressors are represented, the forms of violence of gender, the treatment of this problem as a private problem and the responsibility of Mexican institutions, among others.
The findings show that Mexican media transmit contents where stereotyped images of discrimination and violence against women are common, and that through such discourses the media contribute to perpetuate them. The paper points out the need for the adoption of policies to eliminate these images, by informing, explaining and stimulating the public debate and actions for the eradication of violence against women, with a perspective that promotes a society based on equality and respect, essential for the development and peace in contemporary societies.


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