25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and girls. This year the IFJ will denounce online trolling/harassment and its effects on women journalists.

While online harassment occurs to many journalists who are active online, it tends to become an increasingly pervasive problem for women who tend to receive more abuse because they are women. An IFJ survey conducted in 2017 shows that almost one in two women journalists (43%) have experienced online abuse.

This results in particular in a lot of abusive sexual comments and sexual threats.

The effect of online trolling can seriously impact a journalist's well being and career. Negative effects include anxiety, stress, self-censorship and even abandon of the profession.

Tell your female colleagues that are subject to online abuse that they are not alone!

Take action!

Help us document the case

Encourage your members to take part in our worldwide survey on online trolling . Make sure your members both women and men, answer it massively by 18 November! Share the results!

Use our visuals in the resources section on social media

to alert your affiliates, media organisations and national governments on the scale of the problem and the need to fight online trolling. Use #DontTroll #STOPVAW #OrangeTheWorld, #HearMeToo, #EndVAW

Publish our campaing logo

As a sign of solidarity we also encourage you to publish our campaing logo on your own web site ahead of 25th November.

Online harassment

Ask your female members who have experienced online harassment share their story, including positive results and support the union may have provided, please contact our communications team by Friday 16 November.

Fight online trolling

Because one of the best way to fight online trolling is to expose the harasser, ask your members to post screenshots of abusive tweets/FBposts/online comments on twitter using #DontTroll

Take part, organise events

Take part in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. Organise events, discussions, demonstrations  to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

Read more on the International Day for the Elimination of violence against women and girls

Women Journalists Testimonies on Online Harassment