UN Women Supports Ethical Media Coverage on Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

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Participants of the workshop working in groups. Photo: UN Women
Participants of the workshop working in groups. Photo: UN Women

Recent developments around the world have brought women, peace, and security issues to the forefront of media attention. Journalists' knowledge of gender aspects of war and conflict, different needs of women and girls, ethical media coverage and the existence of relevant guidelines have become even more pertinent for media, facing new challenges.

Due to the interest of journalists and the importance of the topic, the UN Women, in cooperation with the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, held a two-day workshop for the Charter Council and the representatives of the media outlets.

At the workshop, the participants were introduced to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and its subsequent resolutions, as well as Georgia's commitments and related National Action Plans. In addition, the journalists were informed about the importance of meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution and peacebuilding processes, as well as on conflict-related sexual violence and relevant security risks, access to public services, physical and mental health, humanitarian activities, importance of the context, etc.

The seminar was attended by a total of 17 participants. Media representatives reflected on the challenges of covering these topics and discussed the ways to address them. It should be noted that the meeting discussed the guidelines that the UN Women, in cooperation with the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, plans to develop on gender-sensitive coverage of war, conflict and post-conflict situations. The document, which is scheduled to be launched in the near term, will focus on adhering to media standards when reporting on Women, Peace, and Security Agenda.

Based on the feedback of the Executive Director of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, Mariam Gogosashvili: "ethical coverage of the issues related to women and girls during war and conflict, as well as in the post-conflict period, is a great challenge. It is important that the media present their needs and avoid further stereotyping. The issues discussed at the workshop helped us identify problematic topics. The feedback received, along with the interesting and necessary accents for the media, will be reflected in the guidelines that will be prepared with the support of UN Women”.

The initiative was part of the UN Women project “Accelerating Implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Georgia”. The project is supported by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of the Government of the United Kingdom.