The negative images of women in the mass media prompted an international panel of women to call for a balanced and more accurate portrayal of women and girls.

The call came earlier this month during a forum on media and violence against women at the Church Center for the United Nations. The forum was held during the United Nation's 42nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women.Panelists objected to the media's use of violence against women, particularly sexual violence, and sought to develop a code of ethics for media coverage of women.