In her own words: Melanesian women in media

  • Faith Valencia-Forrester Griffith University
  • Bridget Backhaus Griffith University, Brisbane
  • Heather Stewart University of Queensland
Keywords: female voices, gender, gender equity, journalists, media freedom, Melanesia, Melanesia Media Freedom Forum


Representation of women in media has been a noted gender equity issue globally for decades. Given the increasing encroachments into press freedom in Melanesia, female journalists and media workers face serious challenges. With this in mind, the Melanesian Media Freedom Forum (MMFF) hosted a special session focusing specifically on the issues affecting women in the media in Melanesia.  This article focuses on the discussions of female Melanesian journalists and the unique challenges they face in terms of representation in the media workforce, having their voices heard in the media, and the threats to their personal safety.



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How to Cite
Valencia-Forrester, F., Backhaus, B., & Stewart, H. (2020). In her own words: Melanesian women in media. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 26(1), 63-74.