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UN special rapporteur’s report on combating violence against women journalists

UN special rapporteur’s report on combating violence against women journalists

While men and women journalists are both exposed to violence and threats to their safety in the course of their work, women journalists are disproportionately targeted by gender-based violence and sexual harassment, both within the work place and online. Combating violence against women journalists is the report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonović.The report to the Human Rights Council lays “the foundation for States to establish an appropriate human rights framework, including through the development of policies or strategies to ensure the protection of women journalists”. It documents the type and extent of harassment women journalists face, from sexual harassment, discrimination at the workplace, and violence including online violence, and the response from media organisations. The report also gives details of the international legal framework for the protection of women journalists.

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