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

The Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC) in Norway, is funding an Arabic Translation on IAWRT's safety handbook for women.

JMIC is a part of the Department of Journalism studies at the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) in Norway, and the translation is part of a pilot project to include IAWRT in some JMIC activities. 

This official Arabic translation is due to be published by the end of 2019. This program is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs and restricted to partner countries in the global south.

"... 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