Gender Equality

Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity, equality and respect. Any kind of behaviour, such as discrimination, bullying, harassment (sexual, physical or otherwise) or intimidation that undermines these basic rights is not acceptable.

Not hurting others :

  • avoid personal remarks or behaviour that may cause offense or distress
  • avoid abusive or discriminatory language, or behaviour or harassing others on the grounds of age, sex, gender, race, colour, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief, or any other personal characteristic
  • challenge inappropriate language or behaviour if you see it or hear it

see more EFJ Policy on Sexual Harassment


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Launch of a new project to advance gender equality in media industries

A multidisciplinary European consortium comprising the Universities of Newcastle (UK), Padova (Italy) and Gothenburg (Sweden), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) has just been awarded a grant by the European Commission’s Directorate –General for Justice and Consumers to develop an action project to advance gender equality in media industries. The project will bring journalism, media and communication students together with media professionals so as to foster a gender equality perspective within both journalism and media education and professional journalism practice, and bridge the transition between education and employment. The project…

Kick-off Meeting of Project “Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (AGEMI)”

Project “Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (EURO-AGEMI)” Coordinator: University of Newcastle upon Tyne, King’s Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, United Kingdom represented by David Hill. Partners: University of Padova, Via del Santo 28, 35123 Padova, Italy represented by Professor Elena Pariotti University of Gothenburg, PO Box 100, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden represented by Dr Ludde Edgren European Federation of Journalists, 155 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels, Brussels represented by Mr Ricardo Gutiérrez Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audio-visual Operators (COPEAM), Via A Cadlolo 90, 00136 Rome, Italy represented by Mr Claudio Cappon.

The Russian Union of Journalists committed to stop gender-based violence in Russia

On November 28, the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ), together with the United Nations agencies in Russia and the Centre for gender and media studies of Moscow State University, organised a round table focused on “Russian journalists in UN: Combating gender-based violence”. This event took place in the Moscow Journalist Club and gathered experts, journalists and human rights activists. It followed the International Federation of Journalists action to mark UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls on 25 November. Nadezda Azhgikhina, vice-president of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and member of the IFJ Gender council, presented a…

Cyber-bullying: Stop the cycle now!

Anonymity of perpetrators, attacks across borders and a lack of police awareness and reaction are among the obstacles to properly tackle cyberbullying. The Council of Europe’s conference on gender equality “Are we there yet”  held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 30 June and 1 July was an occasion to hear from various experts on how best to tackle cyber-bullying alongside a range of other key topics, including better access to justice and leadership, stereotypes in the media, sexist hate speech and gender mainstreaming. Social media offer incredible opportunities for women to express themselves. But there is also a downside to it.…

New platform launched to monitor threats against women journalists

To mark the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) partners with the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) to launch a special Women’s Reporting Point to address the growing threat facing women journalists coming from online and offline world. The Women’s Reporting Point is hosted by the ECPMF to allow victims to report threats via encrypted messaging. The report will be handled with care and confidentiality by a female member of the staff. The reports made to the ECPMF will be collected in a database (with details of the woman’s identity removed)…

Serbian Defense Minister sacked for sexist remark

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced to replace the Minister of Defense, Bratislav Gasic, following an offensive remark he made on a female journalists  from  B92 Television during a conference on 6 December. Gasic sparked outrage after a journalist from B92 Television knelt down in front of him to avoid being in the way of cameras as he spoke to a group of reporters during a visit to a factory on Sunday. He commented: “I like these female journalists who kneel down so easily.” The EFJ affiates (UNS, NUNS and SINOS) in Serbia immediately reacted to Gasic’s remark and called for him to…