Hybrid event: Invitation to the launch of the 2022 Joint Declaration

Hybrid event: Invitation to the launch of the 2022 Joint Declaration - Civic Space

Time: Tuesday 3 May 2022, 7pm (CET), 2pm (UYT)  (check your local time here)

On 3 May 2022, during the celebrations for the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day, freedom of expression rapporteurs will launch their 2022 Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Gender Justice.

The Joint Declaration 2022 addresses the issue of freedom of expression in relation to gender equity and justice. Over the years, there have been many threats and acts of aggression against women journalists, use of cultural and religious norms to censor women’s expression, and cases of online and offline violence that limit their participation in public arenas. The Joint Declaration 2022 arises from concern about the growing threats faced by women who exercise their freedom of expression, particularly with regard to the digital context and the threats posed by the gender digital divide and the amplification of hate speech and misinformation online.

We invite you to join the event. It will be a space to reflect on equal opportunities for freedom of expression as a prerequisite for democracy, comprehensive security and sustainable development from an intersectional and holistic approach.

Moderator: Quinn McKew, Executive Director at ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression

Opening remarks: Jineth Bedoya, Journalist, winner of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2020 and United Nations World Champion for the prevention of sexual violence in conflict.


  • Pedro Vaca Villareal, the Organisation of American States (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
  • Irene Khan, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Teresa Ribeiro, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media
  • Julissa Mantilla, the President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Please confirm your participation, whether in person or remotely, by registering for the World Press Freedom Day event.

The Conference will be streamed live from a digital platform. Please note that all participants who wish to follow the event online must be registered for the World Press Freedom Day conference.

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