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New WAN-IFRA research on sexual harassment in the media workplace in Southeast Asia

2020-12-10. WAN-IFRA Women in News and City, University of London, are entering the second phase of a major research study into sexual harassment in the media workplace. The research will look at the extent of the challenge in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

practical guide for both media organisations and media employees to help them to prevent and deal with sexual harassment at work

by Vincent Peyrègne vincent.peyregne@wan-ifra.org | December 10, 2020

This phase of the research will run from November 2020 until March 2021, following an initial phase which collected responses from Africa, specifically Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

An initial study conducted by WIN in 2018 identified a significant gap in the available data on sexual harassment in media, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab Region and Southeast Asia. This new study will look specifically at those regions to better understand the extent of sexual harassment in the media industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab Region and Southeast Asia. The research will contribute to global data on sexual harassment in the media industry, by filling these regional data gaps; and enable informed, evidence-based responses to sexual harassment in the media industry.

The research will be a combination of a survey of media professionals as well as interviews with media executives. The survey is targeted at media professionals regardless of their gender, hierarchy or whether they have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment. News media organisations, regional and national media associations, and industry partners will contribute to the survey. The interviews will be conducted with media executives focusing on their perceptions about the problem of sexual harassment. Findings will be anonymised, and no individual or organisation will be named.

“We are pleased to partner with WIN to address the systemic issue of sexual harassment in the news industry. This is an international crisis that occurs in newsrooms around the world. Having the opportunity to record the personal experiences of news personnel will help us support news organisations tremendously,” said Lindsey Blumell, City, University of London.

“In Asia, many deny that sexual harassment is a problem. But we know it remains pervasive and is therefore underreported. This research will bring out the figures and demonstrate the need for strong workplace policies prohibiting sexual harassment at work,” said Jen Teo, Director, Southeast Asia, Women in News.

“Whatever the form, sexual harassment undoubtedly upsets the victim and can cause emotional harm, and physical and psychological trauma. It also causes a decline in work productivity and job satisfaction. It’s therefore in the interest of individuals and of businesses to address this issue directly in their workplace,” continued Teo.

Participants wishing to participate in the Southeast Asia portion of the study and are currently working in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines or Vietnam can do so by clicking at either ONE of the language survey links below:

Englishhttps://cityunilondon.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5gOwG2ExJYgaKON

Myanmarhttps://cityunilondon.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7PWw7Vqx1gtFulv

Indonesiahttps://cityunilondon.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_55rjmt3giSBamfX

Vietnam: https://cityunilondon.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00v8LJHblkv11nT

For more information on the study or to register interest in participating in the Arab Region survey visit: womeninnews.org


CONTACT AND INQUIRIES

Gabriella Siciliano
Director, Communications
Women in News, WAN-IFRA
gabriella.siciliano@womeninnews.org

Jen Teo
Director, Southeast Asia
Women in News, WAN-IFRA
jen.teo@womeninnews.org


ABOUT WOMEN IN NEWS (WIN)

WAN-IFRA Women in News (WIN) aims to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. It does so by equipping women journalists and editors with the skills, strategies, and support networks to take on greater leadership positions within their media. In parallel, WIN partners with media organisations to identify industry-led solutions to close the gender gap in their newsrooms, boardrooms and in the content they produce.  WIN is currently working with more than 80 media from 15 countries including: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe (WIN Africa); Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (WIN Arab Region); and Myanmar and Vietnam (WIN Southeast Asia). WIN is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. www.womeninnews.org

Vincent Peyrègne

Vincent Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, he was Head of Development at Edipresse in Switzerland with responsibility for audience insights and editorial marketing research and product development, before joining the office of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as senior adviser to the Minister.

vincent.peyregne@wan-ifra.org

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