IFJ marks International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has marked 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which this year is focused on workplace violence in the media sector.

On this day, the IFJ and its different affiliates in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Latin America demand a real equality in working and salary conditions and rights between male and female media workers.

"IFJ is very concerned about the hidden violence that still exists against our female colleagues, who suffer intimidation, sexual harassment and psychological abuse in the work place just for being women and, in our case, journalists," said IFJ's President, Jim Boumelha.

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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers

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