Every year, women journalists are killed, assaulted, threatened and defamed – all in pursuit of the truth. They do it in defense of their societies, bearing witness in countries where media are not free. Many of these women face not only the implicit dangers of hostile environments, but cultural and social prejudices that would keep them silent.
In 2013, the IWMF launched the first-ever global survey of security risks for women journalists. The survey, created in conjunction with the International News Safety Institute (INSI), produced much-needed data on the challenges faced by women in news media around the world.
In March 2014, IWMF and INSI published a report entitled “Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture”. It provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world.
Please direct all inquiries and interview requests to Anna Schiller (+1 202 496 1992).
A PDF version of the report, high resolution images, and the reports’ charts are available for download in this press kit.