The Safety of Women in Media is a Key Part of Realising our Vision

In order to advance the impact of women in media they must be safe to do their work. Violence against female journalists - physical or digital - is a double attack on their sex as well as their profession.

  • IAWRT facilitates the sharing of experiences and views on strategies for the safety of female media professionals from around the world.
  • We focus on safety issues and advice through our website features and comment and on social media and  in our global documentaries.
  • Safety training is conducted for our chapters, in our conferences and around the world, primarily facilitated by IAWRT Vice President, Abeer Saady.
  • The stories of women from Ms Saady's workshops were the basis of the first edition of the Safety Handbook for Women Journalists, published in 2017.
  • Conditions of use for What if ... ? SAFETY HANDBOK FOR WOMEN JOURNALISTS


This web page is a continuation of IAWRT's work to give women media workers concrete and practical resources to keep them safe.

We began with safety training workshops and in 2017, IAWRT produced the first edition of our safety handbook.

IAWRT's decision to produce the booklet was informed by evidence of a dire need for advice and recommendations on security and safety, especially for women journalists working in conflict zones.

As the targeting of journalists and free media continues to rise across the world, particularly in the online environment and local or regional media, attacks specifically directed at women journalists keep increasing.

The IAWRT Safety handbook for women journalists by Abeer Saady has came under review at a four day capacity building symposium, Media women and Election Reporting in Cameroon, according to chapter head Becky Bissong. 

In the report Women’s Rights: Forbidden Subject, released on International Women’s Day, RSF turned the spotlight on female journalists who have been covering women’s issues who have faced various forms of violence, such as murder, imprisonment, verbal attacks, physical attacks and online aggression.

Security and safety for journalists (especially for women journalists) is something that’s not taught in schools and rarely discussed in newsrooms. We learned the principles of journalism, the basics of newsgathering and other reporting skills and the tools for critical thinking and analysis but never how to prepare ourselves for threats and challenges we might encounter as women journalists.