GENEVA — The Chinese proverb that women hold up half the sky does not apply to the news arena, results of the 2010 Global Media Monitoring Project suggest.

“Only 24 percent of persons seen, heard, or read about in the news are female,” said the project, coordinated by the Toronto-based World Association for Christian Communication, in a preliminary report released in Geneva. The findings are on the agenda of the 54th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in New York from March 1-12.

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