Reporting on violence

August 27, 2018
A translation for this article is available in French

In this week’s Farmer story from Democratic Republic of Congo, we share the experience of women villagers who remain in their homes after conflict and insecurity have forced many to flee. This is one of the hidden stories of conflict.

Our Spotlight shares another disturbing aspect of gender-based violence: women who are sexually assaulted while at school or in the workplace.

Gender-based violence takes multiple forms, and occurs in many contexts. This handbook from Inter Press Service explores a number of them, including:
– harmful traditional practices
– domestic violence
– sexual and gender-based violence
– femicide (the murder of women or girl children because they are female)
– sex work and trafficking
– sexual harassment
– armed conflicts
– HIV and AIDS
– child abuse
– the role of men in combating gender-based violence
– the criminal justice system
– the costs of gender-based violence

The handbook features real stories that illustrate how reporters can approach these issues. Read the manual here: http://www.ips.org/africa/library/publications/ips_reporting_gender_based_violence.pdf

When reporting on violence, particularly gender-based violence, it is important to be sensitive to your impact on interview subjects. Read these tips for more information: https://ijnet.org/en/blog/tips-reporting-gender-based-violence(English only)

It is also important for journalists to stay safe, both physically and psychologically, when they are reporting on conflict. Reporters Without Borders has published a safety guide for journalists: https://rsf.org/sites/default/files/guide_journaliste_rsf_2015_en_0.pdf