The objective of this event is to initiate the development of robust industry- wide guidelines on protecting women working in the media against sexualized and/or gendered cyber violence. Invited speakers, will highlight examples of best practices for handling hate and threats towards female journalists from the perspective of media houses and organizations.
Cyber-violence against women working in media (Cyber-VAW-WIM) is a particular area of concern for the realization of the objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action: ending violence against women and enhancing women’s representation in and access to the media become closely intertwined. Yet, despite growing evidence and acknowledgment of the threats sexualized and/or gendered cyber violence poses for media pluralism, and despite the fact that working online is a vital part of every journalist’s life in the contemporary media landscape, most media houses & organizations do not have formal policies on protecting their female employees against cyber violence. We want to change this!