The following motion was passed unanimously at the 2012 NUJ Delegate Meeting in Newcastle.
This DM notes with concern women photographers’ reports of sexism and bullying in the industry.
Women are woefully underrepresented. According to a National Photographic Council survey last year women represent only 17% of the news gathering industry.
Photographers, men and women, complained of a ‘boys club’ mentality, which excludes women, especially when they try to establish themselves in the industry.
Bullying and harassment occurs on jobs, on social networks, internet forums and occasionally from the picture desks where women feel they are pigeonholed for ‘soft stories’.
Women are often overlooked for staff positions or given limited shifts, one reported having to take her employer to a tribunal because she was on less pay than her male counterparts.
This DM believes that this situation is unacceptable and instructs the NEC to engage in active NUJ campaigning around the issues of gender, pay, sexism and bullying and seek to encourage more women getting a foothold in the industry through the NUJ mentoring scheme and other initiatives.
Further we would encourage our colleagues on picture desks to be mindful of the gender gap and seek to address the issues raised in this motion.