Since 2008, the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), through its Communication and Information Programme, has spearheaded a wide range of efforts to advance towards journalism that is more inclusive from a gender perspective. Within the framework of the UNESCO Global Campaign “Women Make News”, a study was conducted to assess the transversality of gender prespective in the schools of journalism and support was given for the National Congress of the College of Journalists in 2009 and the World Congress of Women Journalists held in 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. These are part of the sustained effort by UNESCO to incorporate the gender perspective into its worldwide actions, in particular in the area of communications.
On this occasion, OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, together with the UNESCO–Universidad Diego Portales Chair in “Communications Media and Citizen Participation”, the College of Journalists, and the Freedom of Expression Programme at the Institute of Communication and the Image (ICEI) at the Universidad de Chile, provide the community of journalists and communications professionals with the publication “Towards non-sexist journalism. Guidelines for communicating from a gender perspective”. This document is the fruit of commitments made by these institutions to overcome gender inequalities in our society, and follows in a distinguished tradition composed of a number of institutions and researchers concerned with these issues. It is our hope that it shall take its place as a continuation of this history, and thus contribute to debate and reflection on the quality of journalism.