The Safety of Women in Media is a Key Part of Realising our Vision

In order to advance the impact of women in media they must be safe to do their work. Violence against female journalists - physical or digital - is a double attack on their sex as well as their profession.

  • IAWRT facilitates the sharing of experiences and views on strategies for the safety of female media professionals from around the world.
  • We focus on safety issues and advice through our website features and comment and on social media and  in our global documentaries.
  • Safety training is conducted for our chapters, in our conferences and around the world, primarily facilitated by IAWRT Vice President, Abeer Saady.
  • The stories of women from Ms Saady's workshops were the basis of the first edition of the Safety Handbook for Women Journalists, published in 2017.
  • Conditions of use for What if ... ? SAFETY HANDBOK FOR WOMEN JOURNALISTS

Increasingly, risky or dangerous reporting environments for women are not restricted to war zones and sites of civil conflict. It is now well documented that female journalists face far more threats and harassment in the digital or online environment than their male colleagues.

Young woman journalists work under military surveillance, are arrested and have equipment confiscated and receive death threats. Online publications are hacked after they criticise the government. Journalists face hate-trolling and are locked out of their Facebook accounts when troll army complaints trigger Facebook sanctions. "Journalists cannot sit idly by while the highest official of the land leads the attacks on press freedom and wields the machinery of government to peddle lies and deception"  writes Ronalyn V. Olea

.Violet Gonda   President IAWRT,  Abeer Saady Vice President IAWRT

This web page is a continuation of IAWRT's work to give women media workers concrete and practical resources to keep them safe.

We began with safety training workshops and in 2017, IAWRT produced the first edition of our safety handbook of advice and recommendations, This safety section is the next step.

A four day capacity building symposium, in YaoundeMedia women and Election Reporting in Cameroon, focussed on how reporters could ensure gender issues were a cen