Media analysis of the coverage and reportage of women in politics over the years has shown the poor representation of women in politics, whereby many female politicians have been discriminated against or negatively valued under stereotypes in media coverage and have been given a secondary role compared to male politicians.
For instance, the media monitoring exercise conducted by the International Press Centre (IPC) in 2015 which monitored 30 national newspapers between November 2014 and March 2015 showed that out of 13,449 politician sources quoted in the newspapers, 12,777 (95%) were men while 672 (5%) were women.
Prior to the 2019 general election, another media monitoring exercise was conducted by the IPC and the trend of gender reporting in 2018/2019 wasn’t remarkably different from that of 2014/2015 based on the findings of the performance scorecard in relation to women.
Findings show that men dominated the media space with 1,417 mentions, representing (50.61%). Women on the other hand got 102 mentions (at 3.54%), Youths got 109 mentions (at 3.7%) while Persons with Disabilities got 33 mentions (at 1.14%).