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Helen Thompson: Womens Views On News

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WomensViewsOnNews.org is the women’s daily online news and current affairs service, operating on a ‘not for profit’ basis.

Our vision is building a world where all women’s voices and experiences are heard by all.

The site provides up to date news on all the major national and international stories of the day, in much the same way as any newspaper or online news service, but the stories we feature here are always about women.

It also includes feature articles and opinion pieces from time to time, but the focus is on news.

Why women?

According to the most recent survey by the Global Media Monitoring Project (March 2010), women feature in only about a fifth of the world’s news headlines and just ten percent of all news stories.

Literally thousands of stories about, by and for women are never told sending a message that women’s experiences and opinions are just not as important or as valid as those of men. We challenge that approach and aim to redress the imbalance in women’s favour.

Our mission is to give a voice to the women whose stories and experiences of the world are all too often ignored.

What do we do?

The volunteer collective at WVON gives women a voice in two ways – by publishing stories that the mainstream press ignores; and by acting as a central point for stories that they do publish about women.

We do this by sourcing stories from a range of online global, daily newspapers, press agencies, charities, magazines (weekly and monthly), social justice organisations and assorted blogs.