10 March 2014

Africa: Global Report Launched On Violence and Harassment Against Women in the News Media

Washington, DC — Today, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and the International News Safety Institute (INSI) are launching a joint report on violence and harassment against women in the news media.

The 40-page report, entitled “Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture”, reveals the findings of a global survey conducted among nearly 1,000 female journalists. It provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world.

Core findings of the report include:

- Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they had experienced some form of intimidation, threats, or abuse in relation to their work, ranging in severity from name-calling to death threats.

- The majority of threats, intimidation, and abuse directed toward respondents occurred in the work place, and was perpetrated most often by male bosses, supervisors, and co-workers.

- Most incidents of harassment and violence were never reported, even though a majority of women who experienced them said they were psychologically affected.

In addition, the survey gathered data regarding sexual violence, physical violence, sexual harassment, and digital security threats experienced by women journalists as well as what measures have been taken for prevention, protection, and preparedness within news organizations.

The survey was conducted jointly by the Washington, D.C.-based International Women's Media Foundation and the London-based International News Safety Institute. The survey and this report were carried out with funding from the Government of Austria and supported by UNESCO.

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