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, convening individuals and organizations to address these issues, the IWMF has formed the Coalition Against Online Violence, a broad group of stakeholders addressing online abuse, to enable better coordination and cross-promotion of resources offered by organizations addressing online attacks. Learn more about the Coalition and get involved here.
The Online Violence Response Hub is a resource center where women journalists can find the latest information on online abuse. From psychosocial trauma response, to one-on-one support, and the latest digital safety guides, the Hub puts everything in one place, allowing the journalist to focus on their safety instead of having to comb the internet for answers. The Online Violence Response Hub was created thanks to funding from Luminate, the Knight Foundation, and the Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
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