Safety of women and nonbinary journalists on and offline

Gender-based violence and harassment— both online and offline — is used to intimidate and silence female journalists, posing threats to press freedom. Online harassment has become a routine part of the job for many journalists, meaning they need to be aware and prepared. CPJ is chronicling these violations, ensuring that online violence is on the global agenda, advocating for increased protections with newsrooms and technology platforms as well as governments, and providing specialized safety resources. CPJ’s coverage includes troubling incidents of harm and censorship as well as inspiring stories of support and resilience.

Campaigns and Advocacy

Speaking | CPJ on ways to counter physical and digital threats against women journalists at the 2019 International Journalism Festival. Watch here.

Convening | CPJ has met with women journalists in Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States to discuss threats they face, and how to support them.

Organizing | At the UN’s 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), CPJ co-sponsored an event on the realities of being a female journalist online. Watch here.

Safety Resources

Female and nonbinary journalists require a unique set of safety resources. CPJ introduced new and updated safety resources for those working in non-hostile environments.

Physical safety: Solo reporting

Digital safety: Removing personal data from the internet

Psychological safety: Online harassment and how to protect your mental health

Female journalists killed since 1992 
Female journalists behind bars in 2020 

See how CPJ has marked International Women’s Day: 2020 | 2019 | 2018