New guidelines for protecting women journalists

New guidelines for protecting women journalists - Protection

Two demonstration leaders, Bhubaneswar, India, 2019. Photo: Stephane Bidouze/Shutterstock

Today (6 April 2022), ARTICLE 19 launches 3 practical guidelines on how an intersectional gender approach can enhance the safety of all women journalists – and how civil society organisations can mainstream this into their work.

ARTICLE 19 has found that women journalists face uniquely gendered risks – from workplace harassment to online rape threats and physical attacks. A gendered lens is vital to understand and mitigate these risks.

But the risks women face go further than this – and women are not a monolithic group. Gender is one of many factors of cross-cutting oppressions, including race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Yet, proposals to improve journalists’ safety often assume that one size fits all. 

Only an intersectional gender approach can protect all women journalists, everywhere. 

Such an approach deepens our understanding of the multiple risks and forms of violence women journalists face. It enables us to respond appropriately, whether we are monitoring attacks, advocating on emblematic cases, or delivering protection training. 

ARTICLE 19’s new guidelines provide practical recommendations for how civil society organisations working on the safety of journalists can implement this approach. Our aim here is to work with others towards ending systemic oppression for all women journalists.

Read the guidelines

French, Spanish, and Portuguese translations will soon be available.

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These guidelines are part of ARTICLE 19’s innovative new project,  Equally safe: Towards a Feminist Approach to the Safety of Journalists.