Chapter 7. Women in politics and the media

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This chapter analyses discursive construction of collaboration of women in politics and the media in Cameroon. Using interviews and data from print and audio-visual media, we examine how female journalists and politicians strategically exploit opportunities and gaps within the system to increase numbers of women in decision making positions. We analyze data using Critical Discourse Analysis (Wodak & Meyer 2009). We identify discourses of collaboration and discourses that subvert traditional gender ideologies about women as not public (in politics and media). Drawing on discourses such as “the sisterhood discourse,” female journalists and politicians collaborate to exploit systemic gaps such as shortage of media programs to include programs that empower women or conduct interviews highlighting women’s voices and equality discourse.


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