• Monday, November 24, 2014
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Reporting Gender Based Violence and Gender Relations in Productive and Reproductive Work, New IPS Media Handbooks

    covmanual61IPS has long sought to support and strengthen informed reporting on gender across the world, also through the production of media tools for effective gender reporting.

    Since the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995 and the production of the first edition of the “Fighting Violence Against Women” manual, coverage has improved and there has been a drop in reporting that stereotypes women, but challenges remain.

    As part of its commitment, on 26 November, during the annual Support Group Meeting, IPS launched in Rome its new media handbook “Reporting Gender-Based Violence”.

    Prepared by IPS Africa, the handbook deals with issues such as religious and harmful traditional practices, domestic violence, sexual and gender-based violence, femicide, sex work and trafficking, sexual harassment, armed conflicts, HIV and AIDS, child abuse, the role of men, the criminal justice system, and the costs of gender-based violence, with real stories illustrating how these issues and trends can be tackled by the media, discussion points, fact checks and additional resources.

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    That same day, in Lima, Peru, at a regional MDG3 workshop, IPS launched its handbook on reporting women’s employment titled “Las relaciones de género en el trabajo productivo y reproductivo” (Gender Relations in Productive and Reproductive Work). Prepared by IPS Latin America, the manual focuses on how journalists and the media portray the unequal conditions faced by women in the labour market, highlighting all the stereotypes that have contributed to perpetuate gender inequalities.

    These toolkits – published as part of IPS’ “Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality” programme funded by the Dutch Government’s MDG3 Fund – seeks to help reporters and news managers grapple with the challenge of reporting gender based violence in a way that does not perpetuate gender stereotypes but informs and encourages public debate.

    Download the Gender Based Violence media handbook here.

    Download the Employment media handbook here.

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