Media Advisory

UNFPA Launches Comprehensive Guide on Reporting on Gender-Based Violence

9 March 2015
Author: UNFPA

AMMAN, 9 March 2015--UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has launched a handbook for journalists called, “Reporting on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Syria Crisis”. The handbook draws from real-life scenarios to highlight violations of human rights and international humanitarian law affecting women in conflicts.  It provides guidance to journalists on how to cover these violations, including by giving some cultural and psychological background that they may wish to consider during difficult exchanges with survivors of gender-based violence. It was developed in collaboration with a select group of journalists and experts in the area of gender-based violence, with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The handbook is the first comprehensive collection of practical recommendations for journalists reporting on gender-based violence in the context of Syria crisis, but can also apply to other conflicts.  It builds on internationally recognized ethical principles and gives an overview of techniques that can help respect the safety, confidentiality and dignity of survivors and their families and communities. It includes technical terms, ethical questions and practical concerns associated with covering gender-based violence.

The handbook is available to view and download here:
http://www.unfpa.org/resources/reporting-gender-based-violence-syria-cri...