Safety

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 and their profession. IAWRT facilitates:

  • Sharing of local experiences and strategies for safety of female media professionals.
  • Focus on safety issues in web features, social media and our global documentary films.
  • Safety training for chapters and in conferences by IAWRT Vice President, Abeer Saady.
  • 'Training of Trainers' and providing resources for such safety ambassadors in this section.
  • First edition of the Safety Handbook for Women Journalists (2017) arising from safety workshops
  • Conditions of use for free resource What if ... ? SAFETY HANDBOK FOR WOMEN JOURNALISTS

.Violet Gonda   President IAWRT,  Abeer Saady Vice President IAWRT

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 of advice and recommendations, This safety section is the next step.

A four day capacity building symposium, in YaoundeMedia women and Election Reporting in Cameroon, focussed on how reporters could ensure gender issues were a cen

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.

The murder of journalist & activist, Gauri Lankesh at her home in Bengaluru, (Bangalore) the capital of the southern Indian state of Karnata, has again put the spotlight on the saftey of Indian journalists. The shooting of the well respected editor and critic of right-wing Hindu extremism has been condemned widely by media groups. more here

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