We asked members to communicate about a crucial issue in their region and what women in media can do.
Neeta Shapkota writes: the murder of a girl child goes viral in Nepal, but it does not result in justice.
Members and non-members can apply for Research Postion
IAWRT has secured UNESCO funding to develop a project based on the successes of the 2014-2015 pilot Gender Mainstreaming Project (GMP).
Mumbai-based investigative freelance journalist Rana Ayyub became the subject of online threats after a parody account on Twitter in April falsely attributed a quote defending child rapists to her.
This story of one women shows how Ugandan women's subservient status in intimate relationships creates a barrier to protecting them from domestic violence, and from being isolated if they become infected with HIV/AIDS.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has registerered more than 60 cases of rights abuses against women journalists reporting about women's rights in more than 20 countries
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The murder of journalist & activist, Gauri Lankesh at her home in Bengaluru, (Bangalore) the capital of the southern Indian state of Karnata, has again put the spotlight on the saftey of Indian journalists. The shooting of the well respected editor and critic of right-wing Hindu extremism has been condemned widely by media groups. more here
As a female in journalism, the Johannesburg workshop on safety training run by Egyptian journalist, and IAWRT board member, provided an opportunity to discover the best ways to deal with a wide range of safety concerns. A wealth of knowledge was shared, and it was very refreshing to hear the different experiences of all the ladies who participated in the workshop. more here
The Committee to Protect Journalists has launched its annual publication, Attacks on the Press: Gender and Media Freedom Worldwide for 2016. Through a number of thought provoking and personal essays, the edition examines sexualized violence, online harassment and the intersection of gender and press freedom. more here published 6 May 2016.
In Cameroon, the Boko Haram terrorist group has carried out many terrible atrocities since it started an insurgency in 2009. The group, recently named the world's deadliest terrorist organisation, has killed more than a thousand Cameroonians and driven many people from their homes in the towns of the northern border regions. However reporters must still venture into the northern regions to report about the conflict and its effect on the lives of Cameroonians. one of them is Aisha Mamah Shetu who works for the state broadcaster, Cameroon Radio Television – CRTV. read more.
Online activists are facing abuse from misogynists and paid troll armies, but asking for laws to protect us from online abuse may come back to haunt us. The great freedoms offered for new voices, innovative media and human rights activism, goes hand-in-hand with real dangers on the online networking space, that was the subject of feisty discussion at the IAWRT biennial in New Delhi, India and is under scrutiny around the globe. The growth of online networking and media has complicated our understanding of media ethics, and of how to guarantee freedom of speech. It also muddies the issue of censorship and how it operates in many countries. Read more
The APC End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project is changing women’s lives. It is our goal with this section to offer a personal look at individual women whose lives have been significantly impacted by the initiative. This week, the project partner in Kenya, the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), shares the stories of women whose organisations were strengthened in a sustainable way to address technology-related violence against women.
Under the hashtag #TheTotalShutdown, women across South African cities protested and called for real action to bring an end to high levels of violence and femicide.
by Sara Chitambo with photos by Nicky Newman