Gender-based violence against women journalists has increased dramatically, both offline and online. These professionals face more barriers to performing their professional roles in safe conditions.
Slow progress has been made by governments and news media industries to guarantee safety conditions for women journalists.
Most of the progressive actions to address this widespread problem have been achieved by themselves, NGOs, and scholars. Thanks to the work done by these actors, violence against women journalists has been unveiled and caught the attention of human rights courts.
This is presented in a compilation of reports prepared by GAMAG (the Global Alliance on Media and Gender) members, which provide a picture of the current situation in countries of both Latin American and European regions. These show the structural conditions enabling gender-based violence against women journalists, explore how it affects the collective right to freedom of expression, and the responses to this crisis from civil society and women journalists.
IFJ calls to ratify Convention 190 on violence and harassment
To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) urges world governments to ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment in the world of work and help reduce the “unacceptable” level of violence against women journalists.
Convention 190 was adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 10th June 2019 and is now in the process of ratification by Member States. The IFJ and other Global Unions and Federations have been battling for several years in support of a convention that would outlaw gender-based violence at work.