The IFJ puts the fight for gender equality at the heart of its work and campaigns.
Discrimination in the workplace, both in terms of pay and conditions, as well as the fight for equality in society remain key issues for our affiliates.
Alongside unions and social movements across the world we are making the struggle against gender-based violence in the workplace a priority campaign.
We are committed to a fair gender portrayal in the news. Based on our commitment to ethical journalism, we fight against discrimination and help support positive quality journalism by publishing reporting guidelines and promoting best practices.
The IFJ’s Gender Council (GC) co-ordinates this work. From the first motion that created the GC and throughout subsequent years, the council’s role has been clearly defined. ‘The GC will be the main voice on gender, and the instrument to guide projects and policy concerning gender and good practice, raise awareness of gender issues, and mainstream gender issues throughout the IFJ, its projects and its member unions...GC recommendations, activities and projects on gender should be included in all Expert Groups, ExCom, Congress and IFJ projects, as well as in the IFJ constitution.’
At the 2016 IFJ Congress held in Angers, the work of the GC was officially enshrined and protected through inclusion in the IFJ Constitution.
Today, the Gender Council is 25 members strong, with activists drawn from every region of the globe. The Steering Committee, elected from among the 25, has members from each region and is responsible for implementing policy and the Council’s Action Plan.
Current major projects, campaigns and actions include: leading the IFJ Campaign for an ILO Convention Against Violence in the World of Work, building toolkits, resources and best practice examples for unions, improving outreach in the regions, working with our NGO and labour partners to strengthen the position of women in the media (including Who Makes the News).
Additionally, we highlight key issues for women journalists on both the 25 November, the UN Day Against Violence Against Women and Girls, and 8 March, International Women’s Day.
If you are a member of one of our affiliated unions and have a project you would like us to consider or would like to join the work of the Gender Council, please contact us at jeremy.dear(at)ifj(dot)org.
Among the resources available from the IFJ are:
- IFJ Guidelines for Reporting on Violence Against Women
- Handbook on Gender Equality Best Practices in European Unions
- Combatting online harassment of women journalists
- Inside the News - Challenges and Aspirations for Women Journalists in Asia and the Pacific
- Getting the Balance Right – Gender Equality in Journalism
- Strengthening Gender-Ethical Journalism
- IFJ Byte Back Campaign – against online abuse
- Gender Pay Gap in Journalism
- DRAFT: Social Media Policy for Media House
- Byte Back: A Journalist's Guide to Combat Cyber Harassment in South Asia
- WACC and IFJ Resource Kit to Strengthen Gender-Ethical Journalism
And resources and campaigns produced by our friends and colleagues
- Who Makes the News – the Global Media Monitoring Project
- Organising Women Workers in to Trade Unions (UNI Global)
- Guidelines on Bullying and Harassment (FEU)
- Safe at Home, Safe at Work (ETUC) - Trade union strategies to prevent, manage and eliminate work-place harassment and violence against women
- Tackling Sexual harassment in the Workplace (TUC)
- Reporting on Sexual Violence resources (DART Centre)
- Achieving Gender Equality (ITUC)
- Women and Health and Safety (TUC)
- Gender Sensitive Indicators for Media (UNESCO)