IFJ: Focus on Gender

A Collective Voice for Equal Rights

La violence sexiste sur Internet : Un cyberharcèlement machiste qui vise à museler les femmes

Quand la youtubeuse Anita Sarkeesian a lancé, en 2012, une campagne de financement sur Kickstarter (plate-forme permettant d’obtenir un financement participatif pour des projets créatifs) pour sa série de vidéos sur l’image de la femme dans les jeux vidéo Tropes versus Women, elle ignorait à quoi elle s’exposait.

« Imaginez que les moindres recoins du cyberespace où vous êtes présente soient attaqués, bombardés à grands renforts d’injures racistes et sexistes, avec des images pornographiques truquées au Photoshop montrant votre visage », indique Anita Sarkeesian dans une interview publiée sur son site web.

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Modelo de contrato colectivo para la tutela de los derechos de las trabajadoras y de la igualdad de género

El Wage Indicator Foundation han publicado un modelo de contrato destinada a lograr una mayor igualdad en el lugar de trabajo en espana.

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Award highlights failures that endanger women and families

Lauren Novak and Sheradyn Holderhead from the Sunday Mail and The Advertiser have been named the winners of the 2016 Our Watch Gold Award for their campaign “Knowing what we’re up against”.

The project combined shoe-leather reporting, Freedom of Information requests and lobbying to reveal, for the first time, key government data on the extent of domestic violence in South Australia.

Our Watch judges said: “The ‘Knowing what we’re up against’ campaign demonstrated a clear objective — to know the extent of the issue of family violence so as to stop it.

“The work was incisive, insightful, challenged stereotypes, and forced real change by exposing systemic failures that endanger women and families at risk. A truly commendable effort.”

Our Watch Chair Natasha Stott Despoja said “The high quality of entries to the 2016 Our Watch Awards highlight growing interest in providing accurate and responsible reporting on violence against women. The media have great influence as well as responsibility when reporting on violence against women. Our Watch seeks to reward this when it is done well.

“This year’s Our Watch awards entries recognise exemplary reporting. Since the inaugural Our Watch Awards last year, there have been more media reports about violence against women as well as more in-depth reporting.

“We have seen recognition of the disadvantages that exacerbate violence against women. This includes women with disabilities, indigenous women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“We have also seen an important focus on the perspectives of women who experience violence. This is reflected in powerful individual stories told in the stories we honour tonight.

“We have seen bystander action increase, including among the media. This includes exposing attitudes and behaviour that normalise and excuse this violence.

“I congratulate the finalists and winners. They deserve acknowledgment for their commitment to ending the scourge of violence against women and their children,” she said.

Winners, in category order, are:

Best use of social media

All Media: Best news coverage

  • Belinda Hawkins, Stephen Baras-Miller and Mark Farnell, Australian Story, ABC TV,

The Minister’s Secret

All Media: Best series or special

All Media: Best local/community journalism

All Media: Best longform

  • Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, Ivan O’Mahoney, Kylie Grey and Philippa Rowlands, ABC TV, “Hitting Home

All Media: Best journalism campaign 

See the full list of finalists for the 2016 awards here.

For more information on Our Watch and resources for journalists, visit

Donaciones de emergencia para las mujeres periodistas

El Fondo Internacional de la Mujer y los Medios de Comunicación (IWMF, por sus siglas en inglés), podrá otorgar donaciones de emergencia para las mujeres periodistas en contextos de crisis.

El Fondo de Emergencia del IWMF ofrece a las periodistas:

  • Pequeñas donaciones para la atención médica y psicológica frente a incidentes directamente relacionados con amenazas y crisis causadas por el trabajo periodístico.
  • Tres meses de asistencia para la reubicación temporal en casos de crisis o amenazas.
  • Asesoría legal para contrarrestar amenazas de encarcelamiento o situaciones de censura.
  • Asistencia no financiera, consistente en información sobre acceso adicional a recursos.

Para aplicar al Fondo de Emergencia del IWMF, las candidatas deberán cumplir los siguientes criterios:

  • Desempeñarse como periodista en relación de dependencia o reportera independiente, estar trabajando en cualquier medio, teniendo por primera profesión el periodismo.
  • Haber trabajado a tiempo completo como periodista durante los últimos seis meses, al momento de aplicar a la asistencia.
  • Aplicar a la asistencia a partir de una situación de crisis conectada directamente con el trabajo periodístico.

Para solicitar la asistencia del Fondo de Emergencia del IWMF, por favor complete este cuestionario preliminar. Un miembro del personal del IWMF responderá de manera oportuna su solicitud y podrá requerirle información adicional.


Emergency funds available for women journalists

Women journalists in danger can access emergency grants thanks to a crisis project supported by the IFJ.

Established in 2013, the IWMF Emergency Fund provides women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of crisis. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting.

The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women journalists with:

  • Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
  • Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
  • Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
  • Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a staff or freelance woman reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
  • Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
  • Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.

To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, please complete this preliminary questionnaire. An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information.

Tackling the gender pay gap

Differences in pay between women and men exist in all countries. The difference between their earnings, expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings, is estimated to be 23% globally. In other words, women earn on average 77% of what men earn.

Tackling the gender pay gap remains a key issue for unions.

The ILO have published a helpful summary of the issue and recently updated their online resource Tackling sex discrimination through pay equity

Other key resources include the IFJ’s Gender Pay Gap in Journalism document, Wage Indicators inventory of gender pay policies and digest of relevant collective agreement clauses.

ITUC: Stop Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent human-rights violations in the world. More than 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence and between 40% and 50% of women experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a manifestation of unequal power relations between women and men. At work, as in society, GBV can take on multiple forms, including:

  • Physical assault, including rape
  • Verbal abuse and threats of violence
  • Bullying
  • Psychological abuse and intimidation
  • Sexual harassment

Further, domestic or ‘intimate partner’ violence has a clear impact on the workplace, through absenteeism, loss of productivity and job security for the victims, and misuse of company resources by perpetrators, for example.

Trade unions are taking action to end gender-based violence at work and are campaigning for a new international labour Convention to tackle the various forms of gender-based violence that occur in the world of work .

Join the campaign!

Download the campaign and briefing tool here: EN

Download the campaign’s logo here: EN FR ES

Report: Media and Gender in Vanuatu

In the 2009 National Census the population of Vanuatu was 234,000 people of which there are 119,091 of males against 114,932 of females. The composition of female to male is around 50% and in “logical” terms, this could mean that all are treated equally in all aspect of life in Vanuatu. We all know that in real life this is not the case at all for many reasons.

By Evelyne Toa, Media Association of Vanuatu

The main reason being its cultural heritage. For thousands of years Vanuatu had and is still in most cases a male dominated society where male is the dominant figure and women unheard of in the arena of decision makings.

In the northern part of the country especially on Pentecost and Ambae islands there are female chiefs but the majority of chiefs throughout the country are males. There is some changes in terms of outlook towards women in the society, but when compared to develop countries this is in its infancy stage and when one considers that this country had only got its independence just 36 years ago, the change can be said to be “fair”. This is because changing mindset of a population is very difficult indeed. This applies to both females and males.

Since independence from 1980 to date only 5 women were elected to the national parliament.

It used to be thought of as this is due mainly to political parties not pushing for female candidates, but in at least the past two national elections more independent candidates, were elected to the parliament with no women successful candidate.

When one looks at the votes each women candidate got the number is lower but could be said that this is improving.

The majority of women voted for men most probably due to mindset shaped by culture.

It is not in the political arena alone, that women are under represented but in the government top positions as well, as there is no female Director General. Directors and most senior management positions are males dominant. As one gets down to lower levels of the hierarchical system one will see more females. Nearly all preschool teachers are females as well primary school teachers but the heads are predominantly males. Similarly the same can be said of the institutions in the country.

With global changes sweeping across countries, this will accelerate the gender issues in the country.

With more and more girls having access to schools and going to universities, they will rise up to meet this challenge and with more men educated in gender issues a wave of change has started and this will hopefully lead to more improvement in this area of gender related issues.

Apart from the issue of being in position of decision making, since many women occupy positions in the lower hierarchy of structure, there is a need to improve in the level that all have equal status in pay and benefits generally.

The local media outlets in a way as operating in the cultural environment of Vanuatu, has a lot of work to do, not only in contributing to educating the public as well in dissemination of accurate and appropriate information, hopefully to put an individual in a position to make and, with the expectation that that individual will act appropriately, decide on a right path to follow.

This cultural environment poses a lot of challenges for the local media in promoting gender issues in Vanuatu.

Firstly there is a lack of understanding in general on gender issues due to the effect of cultural mindset, imposed on individuals especially those with positions of influence.

The media outlets of the country in order to contribute to better understanding of gender issues, its journalists themselves need to firstly understand these issues, before they can be more effective in contributing to improving the understanding of these issues to the public.

The local media through Media Asosiesen blong Vanuatu (MAV) and other international and regional organisations including the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) did organize some trainings on gender issues, but most journalists that attend are mainly females, who tend to show more interest and enthusiasm in reporting on such issues.

Putting the fight for equality at the heart of the IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists is a global collective of journalists trade unions and associations. The IFJ puts the fight for gender equality at the heart of its programmes. Discrimination in the workplace, both in terms of pay and conditions, as well as the fight for equality in society remain key issues for IFJ affiliates.

If you want to get involved in your local union contact

Find out more about the IFJ and its struggle for workers’ rights and media freedom at


La Fédération internationale des journalistes est un collectif mondial de syndicats et associations de journalistes. La FIJ place la lutte pour l’égalité des sexes au cœur de ses programmes . La discrimination au travail , à la fois en termes de rémunération et des conditions de travail, ainsi que la lutte pour l’égalité dans la société demeurent des questions essentielles pour les affiliés de la FIJ .

Si vous voulez vous impliquer au sein de votre organisation , contactez

Pour en savoir plus sur la FIJ et sa lutte pour les droits des travailleurs et la liberté des médias, c’est ici :


La Federación Internacional de Periodistas (FIP) es un colectivo global de sindicatos y asociaciones de periodistas. La lucha por la igualdad de género está en el corazón de los programas de la FIP. La discriminación en el lugar de trabajo en lo que respecta tanto al salario como a las condiciones y la lucha por la igualdad en la sociedad suponen asuntos fundamentales para los afiliados de la FIP.

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