Women journalists face harassment online and off every day. The IWMF’s Attacks and Harassment: The Impact on Female Journalists and Their Work found that 70% of women journalists have experienced some form of harassment, threat or attack, and a third of women journalists have considered leaving the profession due to online attacks.
While the journalism industry has recognized the dangers of physical attacks, the same sense of urgency is needed to address online attacks. To bolster women journalists’ digital security and help the news media at large better support their employees’ online safety, the IWMF is building a coalition of individuals and organizations to address these issues.
Through funding from Luminate, the Knight Foundation, and the Craig Newmark Philanthropies, an advisory board of digital security experts will develop these resources, including online training modules, one-on-one support at industry events and emergency funding. Stay tuned to this page; resources will be posted here as they become available!
If you are a woman journalist experiencing an online attack and need immediate security assistance, contact our Emergency Fund.