Online Safety of Women Journalists
Vienna, 12 February 2019
As a part of a wider UNESCO initiative on countering gender-based harassment and threats against journalists, UNESCO together with the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) and the Bosch Alumni Network is convening a special session on the Safety of Women Journalists Online. It will be organized as a side-event to the OSCE Conference ‘Increasing Intersectional Opportunities for Freedom of Expression and Media Plurality’ on 12 February 2019 in Vienna.
The session will be facilitated by Julia Jaroschewski and GDL Blog editor Mareike Enghusen, freelance journalists and experienced moderators. A results-driven, engaging discussion will enable input from different actors in the field. This input will directly influence the approach of the coming UNESCO study on effective measures to counter threats and violence against women journalists online.
The session will take the form of a Co-Creation Session. It aims to identify gaps in existing research on online safety of women journalists and to start a discussion on how UNESCO can best contribute to this field. Through the involvement of experts, journalists and academics, we will be gathering input on existing research on this topic. As a main output of this event, we are hoping to fine-tune the research questions (and sub-questions and leads) that will frame a UNESCO study on countering online harassment of women journalists.
Julia Jaroschewski is a reporter and founder of Buzzing Cities Lab, a think tank focusing on digital technology and security in informal settlements such as the Favelas in Rio. She works for Die WELT, Spiegel Online, fluter and WIRED, covering mainly foreign politics, organised crime, the war on drugs and security policy. She studied in Portugal, has an MA in political sciences from Berlin and has worked for the UN in New York and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Mozambique.
Julia has attended the Axel Springer Akademie and Columbia School of Journalism. As a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Besser-Stiftung she reported from Brazil and South Africa, and from Mozambique as a scholar working for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung. In 2016 she was part of the international journalism programme for South America, working for the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. She has also spent three months in India as a Media Ambassador for the Robert Bosch Stiftung.