On International Women’s Day we offer a resource on human rights issues and gender. Although geared towards journalists as they report on such issues, the toolkit might also prove useful to researchers who which to make more of a splash in the public realm with the work they engage in.
Respect for the rights of women and girls worldwide continues to lag behind that for the rights of men. Domestic and sexual violence, exploitation in the workforce, human trafficking and many other human rights abuses disproportionately affect women and girls.
When rights are violated, media can play a vital role in putting a stop to the abuses. Whatever the platform, media raise awareness about violations, inform people about their rights and encourage discussions about the role of governments, legal codes, and international mechanisms to safeguard those rights.
The Internews toolkit Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues seeks to help journalists and other content creators learn the basics of reporting on women’s and other human rights issues.