IPS guide to reporting on gender-based violence

| November 20, 2017

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One of this week’s Farmer stories talks about how drought and the resulting food insecurity can worsen gender-based violence in pastoral communities.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is Nov. 25, 2017. It marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Resources are available for journalists who want to improve their coverage of gender-based violence and ensure they approach these stories in a sensitive and effective manner.

Inter Press Service’s Reporting Gender Based Violence is a handbook for journalists that covers a wide variety of topics, 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, and
• the costs of gender-based violence.

The handbook features real stories that illustrate how reporters can approach these issues, as well as discussion points, important facts, and additional resources.

The manual is available here: http://www.ips.org/africa/library/publications/ips_reporting_gender_based_violence.pdf