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, called 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. Join the IFJ ByteBack Campaign! –

See more at: https://samsn.ifj.org/ifj-byteback-campaign/#sthash.koxTbmah.dpuf

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