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Journalism and the empowerment of women: new challenges in the digital world - CSW63 Side Event
14 Mar 2019 -  On the occasion of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the panel discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges that the digital world represents for the condition of women, including for women reporters.
Information and communication technology in the media industry have a direct impact on gender equality and the empowerment of women. After investigations conducted by journalists in the traditional media industry, as well as the rise of the use of the popular hashtags #MeToo or #balancetonporc and similar initiatives around the world, the issue of sexual harassment and sexual violence has gained more visibility through websites and social networks, with consequential shifts in social behavior and accountability.
On the other hand, as women’s engagement in the public sphere is gaining ground, journalists covering topics related to women and women’s rights face challenges and new vulnerabilities which are also amplified through social networks and online media platforms. Practitioners of the media industry, including women journalists who work in traditional as well as digital media, will illustrate some of the threats and violence they face when engaging on women’s rights – including online harassment, cyberstalking, invasion of privacy, defamation campaigns, rape threats, trolling, hacking, and sexual abuse through the use of email, websites, and social media.
Speakers from various backgrounds will share their experience and best practices on this topic and provide some suggestions and measures to be taken by relevant stakeholders in this area, with a special focus on the role of the UN and member states.
A panel co-sponsored by the members states of the Group of Friends for the Protection of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the International Women’s Media Foundation.