Gender Equality

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 and combating violence against women journalists remain key issues for our affiliates.

Fair gender portrayal in the news is another area where we contribute to ethical journalism by fighting against discrimination, providing 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 Opens external link in new window25 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, relaunching the Gender pages on the IFJ website (including 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 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 Opens window for sending emailjeremy.dear(at)ifj(dot)org

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