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Reporting Gender Based Violence: A Handbook for Journalists

Publication Date
Publication Date: 
November 1, 2009

Published by Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, this handbook for reporters is designed to encourage and support sustained media coverage of gender-based violence (GBV) beyond the annual campaign Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence. The handbook is divided into twelve sections which each include an overview of a key issue, some facts and statistics, and a sample feature article to provide an example of best practice and/or what to consider when writing about GBV. The publication also includes discussion questions for facilitators who plan to use this handbook in training.

The guide contains the following twelve sections:

  • Custom, tradition and religion
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual gender-based violence
  • Femicide
  • Sex work and trafficking
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual gender based violence in armed conflict
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Child abuse
  • The role of men in combating violence against women
  • The criminal justice system
  • The cost of gender-based violence

In addition, there is a brief section that looks at ways of coping with the trauma of reporting on GBV and a glossary of terms used throughout the handbook.


English and French.

Number of Pages: 


Contact Information: 

IPS Africa website on January 13 2010.

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