IFJ report highlights discrimination against women in media

BRUSSELS, March 7 (KUNA) — In a report to be released on International Women’s Day, which falls on Tuesday the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) highlights high levels of gender discrimination and violence against women in the media across the globe.
“Progress for women in news media has grinded to a halt” said the report, which was conducted in 114 countries.
In many regions, issues of violence, safety, bullying and harassment continue to undermine women’s role in the media. In some regions, women suffer from outright discrimination in the news room and hiring practices, while in others, it is the lack of access to promotions and jobs.
“It is our responsibility to fight against any form of discrimination in the newsrooms,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha.
“We urge our affiliates to build momentum for widespread action towards gender equality within our structures and in the media and mark International Women’s day by spreading the word that journalists’ unions stand by gender equality standards,” he said in a statement. (end) nk.hb