INSI global survey on violence against female journalists

Tue, 20/08/2013 - Fri, 20/09/2013

The International News Safety Institute has launched a global survey into violence against female journalists to examine the dangers that women face when trying to carry out their work in the media field.

The survey has been created in conjunction with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and is open until September 20.

The survey, which is also being supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, is part of a wider programme of work initiated by UNESCO. Based on the findings of the report, INSI will work with other experts in the field and offer a series of recommendations aimed at increasing the safety of women journalists which will be published later on this year.

Director of INSI, Hannah Storm said: “In many parts of the world, women are threatened and attacked for the work they do – work which, in some cultures and countries, challenges gender stereotypes. These attacks range from sexual assault and rape to cyber-bullying, emotional harrassment and threats against their loved ones. Sadly, many of these crimes are not reported as a result of powerful cultural and professional stigmas.”

“We hope that this important survey will allow women to confidentially share their experiences, so that we can get a real sense of the dangers and threats they face in their day-to-day work, and work to find ways to make the situation safer for them and their families,” she added.

INSI provides safety advice and training to male and female journalists working in dangerous situations. In its 10 years of existence, it has trained thousands of journalists around the world and knows that danger often does not discriminate on the basis of gender.

However, INSI has become increasingly aware of the difficulties faced by many women journalists since the publication of its ground-breaking book ‘No Woman’s Land – On the Frontlines with Female Reporters’, and has recently started providing female specific safety training in some parts of the world, conducted by female trainers. It is also working to establish a network of support for women journalists to allow them to discuss issues that they may not feel able to share at work.

• The survey can be accessed here:

The deadline for its completion is September 20.


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