Silence and Omissions: A media guide for covering gender-based violence

Authored by: Cosette Thompson

Categories: Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2021
Citation: Thompson, Cosette. "Silence and Omissions: A media guide for covering gender-based violence." Center for Women's Global Leadership, 2021.

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Executive Summary

Silence and Omissions, the standard-setting guide developed with journalists and for journalists, is a result of CWGL listening to their testimonies and recommendations. Journalists who report on gender-based violence, sometimes at great risk to themselves, play a crucial role in influencing social norms by how they tell the story. Silence and Omissions shows the power of survivor-centered reporting, and how a human rights approach ensures the inclusion of multiple and intersecting identities; recognition of the root causes of violence that can lead to its prevention, and unbiased standards toward accountability.