Report on the Safety of Women Journalists

4 August 2017
To the GA at its 72nd session, September 2017


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 that was 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 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 report highlights the urgent need for systematic monitoring of violations against journalists; the collection of concrete data that are disaggregated by, among other factors, gender, and their analysis; the need for clear political will to address the issue; legislative and policy development and implementation; and accountability.

Inputs received

In preparing the report, OHCHR sought input from Member States, international and regional organizations, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.

The contributions received by OHCHR are available below.

Member States

United Nations Agencies and International Organizations