Safety Workshop for Female Journalists in the Philippines


Release: Philippines


19, 2013

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) congratulates its affiliate the National Union

of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) for completing successfully its first

all-women safety training for journalists last Sunday, March 17.


A total of 23 female journalists

from print, radio and TV outfits based in Mindanao and Manila attended the

two-day training held in Cagayan de Oro City, which was conducted to coincide

with International Women's Month.


Sessions included

lectures and simulations on how to respond to dangerous situations including

abduction, hostile situations and surveillance. Other sessions focussed on identifying

risks in the workplace and in the field self- defense , and on dealing with stress

and trauma. The NUJP Media Safety Office plans to schedule women oriented

safety trainings in Manila and in other areas in the coming months.


‘We welcome any

initiative that supports and protects women journalists. Women are joining the

field of journalism in increasing numbers and are facing unique challenges both

within the workplace and in the field”, said IFJ Asia Pacific Director

Jacqueline Park. “Training that provides techniques to address these will help

to ensure that all journalists are able to fulfil their democratic function.” 


The IFJ Asia Pacific

Office is focussing on the support of women journalists throughout the Asia

Pacific this year with a series of workshops and conferences that address the

specific priorities ad challenges faced by women journalists throughout the




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