The virtual world mirrors the ‘real’ world, where women journalists are harassed, excluded and subjected to abuse for their work. Online abuse – a form of gender discrimination and violence against women – must be prevented to enable women to confidently express themselves in the digital space without nasty repercussions.

On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017, the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) and IFJ, representing unions and press freedom organisations, call for strong action to stop cyber-bullying and online harassment of women journalists.

Journalists of all genders; their unions; media houses; moderators of social media platforms; the public and governments must take firm steps towards ensuring women’s rightful place in the digital world, without harassment, abuse and cyber-violence. Only then can a diversity of information, analysis and opinion co-exist contribute to building healthy and vibrant democracies in South Asia.

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  • Graphic by Shweta Vachani, India, winner of the IFJ Graphic and Slogan contest

    Graphic by Shweta Vachani, India, winner of the IFJ Graphic and Slogan contest.

    What is online harassment[PDF]

  • See the IFJ-SAMSN guide on what to do if you are harassed online [PDF]
  • Download campaign resources and graphics here
  • Spread campaign messages with hashtags #DontTroll and/or #DefendMyVoiceOnline and mention @ifjasiapacific for our retweet
  • Resources to raise awareness with solid evidence and data: 
    • Chapter on online harassment of women journalists from the South Asia Press Freedom Report 2015-16  [PDF] 
    • IFJ special guest expert Shobha SV explores online abuse in South Asia [PDF]
  • Here is what our IFJ affiliates and their members have to say about the fight against online harassment of women in the media [VIDEOS]
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