Media representation of women migrant workers: A critical look

The study reviews how overseas women migrant workers are characterized in print and electronic media in accordance with gender, class and geographic stereotypes. It critically assesses how women's multiple roles as workers, earners, investors, mothers and daughters, etc. are overshadowed by simplistic narratives focusing on exploitation and victimhood.

This study is based on migration-related news published in four widely circulated national English and Bangla dailies and reports aired on three television channels. The study is an in-depth analysis of the news articles and videos published and diffused between 2015 and 2021. Findings depict a majoritarian bias focusing on individual cases illustrating highly abusive women’s labour migration experiences to attract readership and viewership. Yet, reporting on how women’s labour migration also emancipates them in the context of work, family and social lives was found to be rare, thus leaving and cultivating a common perception conflating all women’s migration with abuse. Considering that such narratives reinforce a false perception that the solution to such abuses is to ban women’s migration, the analysis concludes that while human rights violations faced by migrant workers must be addressed, coverage exclusively focusing on abuses is socially dis-empowering to women and more nuanced reporting on women’s labour migration is needed.

 

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ILO hosts training for editors of multilingual online journal reporting on labour and human rights issues

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Reporting on forced labour and fair recruitment: An ILO toolkit for journalists

This toolkit provides information and advice to media professionals on how to report accurately and effectively on forced labour and fair recruitment. The toolkit includes the Media-friendly glossary on migration.

This toolkit is available in: ArabicEnglishFrenchSpanish.

The toolkit has been adapted to the national context in:

 

Click on each language to open the corresponding toolkit.

 

 

 

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ILO announces winners of the 2022 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

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ILO launches the 2022 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

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Prize-giving ceremony of the 2021 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration at the ILO office in Madrid

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FAIRWAY hosts webinar for Jordanian journalists on reducing discrimination and promoting positive perception of migrants in the context of COVID-19

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Virtual launch of the ILO Arabic-language toolkit for journalists

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Virtual launch: Reporting on Forced Labour and Fair Recruitment

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