On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), UNESCO wants to raise awareness for the continued violence, threats and harassment that women journalists and female media workers face all around the world.

Their safety is put at risk by offline and online attacks, ranging from violence, stigmatization, sexist hate speech, trolling, physical assault, rape to even murder. In addition to being attacked on the basis of their work as journalists, they are the targets of gender-based violence. These attacks seek to silence the voices of women journalists and threaten freedom of speech by interrupting valuable investigative work. They distort the media landscape by threatening diversity and perpetuating inequalities both in newsrooms and in societies.

To improve the safety of women journalists and to address the threats they face, UNESCO and its partners take effective measures through research, capacity-building and awareness raising.

During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, help us raise attention for the safety of women journalists.

This publication features 11 stories written by female journalists from all over the world, sharing personal experiences with gender-based violence and threats in the exercise of their profession.

The publication illustrates the different forms of harassment and violence endured by women journalists online and offline. The aim of the publication is to raise public awareness about the pervasiveness and complexity of the issue and its stifling effect on freedom of expression and diversity in the media sector, reflecting perspectives from different regions of the world.

Please read the publication HERE 

Women in Journalism will be delivering a series of Language Matter training courses  –  covering responsible reporting on violence against women and girls , gender, race and disability.