Ending violence against women journalists
- For Our Colleagues. We joined a coalition of 800+ journalists, media workers and organizations to demand an end to violence against the press in Gaza. Join the call here.
- Statement by journalists condemning the killing of journalists in Gaza. We joined Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists and the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association in demanding an explicit commitment from Israel to end the violence against journalists and other civilians.
- We join the International Journalism Federation in calling for the release of all imprisoned media workers and journalists in Iran, including Niloofar Hamedi and Elahe Mohammadi who were the first to report on Mahsa Amini's death in police custody.
- The Rory Peck Trust has a new Therapy Fund for freelance journalists in need of psychological care. Link here.
The JiG team hosted a virtual Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on violence against women journalists on March 13, 2020. Our advocacy led to the UN Report on violence against women journalists, authored by the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women. In the report, Special Rapporteur Dubravka Šimonović addressed gender-based violence faced by women journalists in their line of work. The report was presented to the UN Human Rights Council's 44th session in the summer of 2020.
The idea to advocate for a UN report on violence against women journalists came about during the Center for Women's Global Leadership's first regional convening of women journalists in July 2018, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With every subsequent regional meeting, the need for such a report with recommendations to hold governments and media agencies to the account was both visible and compelling.