Capacity building on safety of women journalists

Last update: 28 July 2022

UNESCO implemented a 300,000 USD project funded by the Swedish Postcode Lottery Foundation in 2019. The project includes capacity-building measures in four countries (Senegal, Mali, Sri Lanka and India). It encompassed training for women journalists on safety-related issues and their rights, training of media managers and open dialogues and training of security forces on freedom of expression with a gender focus.

Under this initiative, UNESCO, the International Women’s Media Foundation and UNESCO’s Chair at the University of Texas at Austin's Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas launched a joint Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “How to Report Safely: A Guide for Women Journalists and their Allies”, now available as a self-directed course also in French and Spanish.

UNESCO also published a set of practical guidelines on the safety of women journalists: Gender-sensitive safety policies for newsrooms and Practical guide for women journalists on how to respond to online harassment with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the International Women’s Media Foundation and a legal guide on online harassment with a gender component covering 13 countries, Online attacks against journalists: know your rights guide, with the International News Safety Institute.