Report to the General Assembly on Safety of Women Journalists

In its resolution 70/162 on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to prepare a report to be presented at its seventy-second session and to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-seventh session on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity.

The report prepared in accordance with that request elaborates on an acknowledgement by the General Assembly in resolution 70/162 of the specific risks faced by women journalists in the exercise of their work and the importance of taking a gender-sensitive approach when considering measures to address the safety of journalists. The report first describes the current situation pertaining to women journalists. It then sets out the applicable international law and provides an account of initiatives undertaken by relevant actors to address the safety of women journalists. Finally, the report suggests some ways for strengthening the safety of women journalists through a gender-sensitive approach. The Secretary-General’s report (A/72/290) is available here.

In preparing the report, OHCHR sought input from Member States, international and regional organizations, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations based on a questionnaire (English version available here).

The contributions received by OHCHR are available below.

Contributions from States

Contributions from United Nations Agencies and International Organizations

Contributions from NGOs