The IFJ Gender Council reiterates its stand against sexism in sport

The Gender Council of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the sexual assault of a female journalist in Indonesia by a football fan while covering a match between two local teams at Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman, Yogyakarta, on 7 July. The IFJ has joined its affiliate, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) in Indonesia, in condemning sexual harassment and urging the authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Activists protest for women's rights on International Women's Day 8 March, 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Credit: Adek Berry / AFP

The Gender Council supports these demands and recalls that one of the objectives is to end sexism in the world of sport.

“We have already launched a campaign ahead of the latest Olympics and we will continue to work along these lines to prevent women journalists from being subjected to harassment and aggression and we also support sportswomen against sexist behaviour. “

The journalist, who works for the local online media website, was assaulted and harassed when a football fan touched her breast on 7 July outside the stand area of the stadium. The journalist shared the incident with two other reporters present at the match, and relayed the assault to the stadium stewards, who tried to track down the assailant. She was subsequently harassed online.

A study published in January 2021 by the Jakarta branch of the AJI revealed that Indonesian journalists are vulnerable to sexual violence and misconduct. Approximately seventy-four percent of female and male journalists surveyed had experienced some form of sexual assault or harassment related to their professional work.

In March 2022, the IFJ launched the results of two surveys to assess the work of unions and media organisations in combating online abuse. Two-thirds of respondents said that online harassment was not a priority for their media company. An IFJ survey in 2018 showed that only half of victims of online abuse (53%) reported the attacks to their media management, union or the police, and in two-thirds of cases nothing was done.

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