Safety

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 and their profession. IAWRT facilitates:

  • Sharing of local experiences and strategies for safety of female media professionals.
  • Focus on safety issues in web features, social media and our global documentary films.
  • Safety training for chapters and in conferences by IAWRT Vice President, Abeer Saady.
  • 'Training of Trainers' and providing resources for such safety ambassadors in this section.
  • First edition of the Safety Handbook for Women Journalists (2017) arising from safety workshops
  • Conditions of use for free resource What if ... ? SAFETY HANDBOK FOR WOMEN JOURNALISTS

"... Governments and technology companies alike are struggling to prevent and respond to orchestrated online hate"

Hate speech is a key element in many attacks on the media and individual journalists, so the responsibility of journalists to protect society from hate speech is also an aspect of protecting their own safety.

Links to two resources are here: the journalist's hate speech test and the UN plan of action. 

Omnia Elalfy interviews Abeer Saady for Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism 

ARIJ makes safety advice video available in Arabic.

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.

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