We would like to share with you the recently-launched UNESCO-ICFJ global survey on online harassment of women journalists. The survey seeks to assess the scale of online violence targeting women journalists around the world, and to help identify solutions to the problem. We would like to ensure the widest possible sample of respondents to the survey, to ensure that the recommendations that come out of it reflect perspectives and experiences from all over the globe.
The results of the survey will feed into a UNESCO global study on online harassment of women journalists, implemented in partnership with the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ), which will be published next year, and is part of a broader effort by UNESCO to tackle this issue, which involves research, capacity building and awareness-raising. The principle aims of the study are to:
- Map the scale and breadth of the problem internationally – especially in the under-studied Global South.
- Establish how patterns of online violence against women journalists vary around the world.
- Examine how women journalists experience online violence in an intersectional way. For example, are the impacts more serious when they are from a specific racial group, or identify as LGBTQI?
- Assess the effectiveness of attempts to address the crisis.
- Make recommendations to the UN, governments, industry, civil society organizations and technology companies for more effective ways to counter the problem.
The hashtag we are using for this initiative is #JournalistsToo.
In order to avoid digital security breaches and preserve the integrity of the data, we have decided not to publish these survey links directly on the web, but encourage their dissemination within closed communities (eg. through direct email, newsletters, closed groups and social media pages that are not fully public).
Thank you for your support!