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ACCESS TO MEDIA

Exposure to information on television and radio and in the print media can increase people’s knowledge and awareness of new ideas, social changes, and opportunities as well as affect their perceptions and behaviours. Equal gender access to the media, whether as citizens or as professionals, is fundamental to human rights and to empowerment. The more access that women have to mass media, the more empowered they will be to make informed decisions that concern them.

In the 2013 NDHS assessed exposure to the media by asking respondents how often they read a newspaper, watch television, or listen to the radio, the results show that level of exposure to mass media, especially exposure to the print media, is low in Nigeria. Nine percent of women read a newspaper, 35 percent watch television, and 39 percent listen to the radio at least once a week. Only 7 percent of women have access to all three media at least once a week, and half do not have access to any of the three media at least once a week. There are slight variations by age.

There is also a wide gap in exposure to mass media according to place of residence, education, and wealth. For example, the proportion of urban women who read a newspaper at least once a week is 15 percent, as compared with 5 percent among rural women. Urban women are much more likely than rural women to watch television once a week (55 percent versus 21 percent).
2016 MIND THE GAP REPORT RANKINGS FOR ACCESS TO MEDIA



RANK
STATE
FEMALE POPULATION*
PROPORTION OF WOMEN WITH NO ACCESS TO MASS MEDIA*
#1


2,753,513
20.5%
#2


2,560,351
20.8%
#3


2,271,254
21.9%
#4


5,905,280
22.1%
#5


2,560,312
24.8%
#6


1,882,608
25.1%
#7


4,021,828
27%
#8


1,671,845
27.7%
#9


1,563,951
27.9%
#10


1,864,674
28.3%
#11


1,582,919
29.1%
#12


2,195,595
38.5%
#13


2,608,370
41.7%
#14


1,153,744
42.2%
#15


2,492,536
42.9%
#16


2,614,598
44.5%
#17


3,361,990
45.2%
#18


1,739,725
46.1%
#19


2,596,948
48.7%
#20


1,891,333
52.1%
#21


2,306,300
54.4%
#22


2,714,626
56.9%
#23


1,430,758
58%
#24


1,168,191
61.6%
#25


3,654,092
62.9%
#26


5,725,807
64%
#27


2,138,995
66%
#28


2,990,947
68.6%
#29


1,871,180
71.5%
#30


3,695,066
75%
#31


1,390,123
80.2%
#32


2,756,631
83%
#33


1,322,158
84.2%
#34


1,971,093
86.1%
#35


1,357,355
89.3%
#36


2,586,400
90.8%
#37


1,910,050
100%


* - 2015 Estimates



Source:
National Bureau of Statistics
The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program
Kingmakers.com.ng Calculations



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