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25th November is the International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Media must provide the public with a realistic, fair and accurate account of the horrifying prevalence of violence against women on an international scale.

However, reporting on such a sensitive issue needs certain key qualities. It requires professionalism, humanity and respect. Failure to apply the highest standards in dealing with victims such as poor conduct of interviews can compound the trauma and may even worsen the long-term impact of the ordeal on victims.

To mark 25th November , the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will release reporting guidelines on violence against women and organise a roundtable with experts to explore the role of the media in reporting on this tragedy.

25th November, 10 am- 12am
Residence Palace, Jays Room (2nd floor)
Rue de la loi 155
1040 Brussels

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Aidan White, IFJ
Colette De Troy, EPAC VAW
Gavin Rees, Coordinator DART-Europe
Mindy Ran, Chair of the IFJ Gender Council
Kamalam, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Sietske Steneker, UNPFA
Josiane Corruzzi, ASBL Solidarité femmes et refuge pour femmes battues
RSVP IFJ: Ernest Sagaga (02 235 22 07) ernest.sagaga@ifj.org; Pamela Morinière(02 235 22 16) pamela.moriniere@ifj.org