International Women’s Day: ARTICLE 19 aims to protect all women journalists

International Women’s Day: ARTICLE 19 aims to protect all women journalists - Protection

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To mark International Women’s Day 2022, ARTICLE 19 is proud to launch the first in a series of resources from our new project, Towards a Feminist Approach to the Safety of Journalists. The project explores how, by taking an intersectional gender approach, civil society organisations can enhance the safety of all women journalists. 

Proposals to improve journalists’ safety often assume that one size fits all. Yet ARTICLE 19 has found that women journalists face uniquely gendered risks – from workplace harassment to online rape threats and physical attacks. A gendered lens is vital to understand and mitigate these risks.

But women are not a monolithic group. Gender is one of many systems of cross-cutting oppressions, including ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and religion. 

Only an intersectional feminist approach to the safety of journalists can protect all women, everywhere. 

The project consists of the following resources which will be published throughout the year, including for civil society organisations, researchers, journalists and policy makers:

  • Advocacy sheets: A series of quick reference guides on States’ international obligations to protect journalists, to assist in advocacy efforts. The first – on the safety of women journalists – is available here.
  • Intersectional gender guidelines: A set of three practical guidelines on how to take an intersectional gender approach to: 1) Monitoring and documenting attacks against journalists; 2) Using emblematic cases in advocacy; and 3) Protection training.
  • Global research: A global report, including research in six countries – Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka – exploring what a feminist approach to the safety of journalists might look like, and grassroots examples.
  • Follow and connect with International Women’s Day activities from our regional offices, including Brazil and South America, West Africa, Bangladesh and South Asia and Asia Pacific. 

 

ARTICLE 19 is also proud to mark International Women’s Day 2022 by joining the Advisory Committee of the Coalition Against Online Violence.

The Coalition is a collection of global organisations working to find better solutions for women journalists facing online abuse, harassment, and other forms of digital attack.

Get involved!

For more information, please contact simon@article19.org