Guideline for Combating Gender Based Violence through responsible Reporting


This guideline provides a framework for responsible reporting on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) based on the findings and recommendations from training on the same topic. Its goal is to promote ethical and sensitive reporting that raises awareness, encourages accountability, protects anonymity and confidentiality, and supports victims, including those from marginalized groups.

GBV encompasses harmful acts perpetrated against individuals based on their gender, including physical, sexual, emotional, or economic abuse. It stems from power imbalances between genders and affects people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities. GBV can occur within (romantic) relationships, families, public spaces, workplaces, and online.

By promoting ethical reporting practices, journalists can increase awareness about GBV, challenge harmful norms, and contribute to a more inclusive and gender-just society. It is crucial to develop and implement ethical reporting guidelines for media professionals in Kosovo to ensure sensitive, accurate, and survivor-centered coverage of GBV. Providing training programs and resources to enhance journalists’ understanding of trauma-informed reporting practices and ethical considerations is essential

Disclaimer: This was created and maintained with the financial support of the European Union in the framework of the “Countering discrimination, “Hate speech and gender-based violence” project. Its contents are solely the responsibility of AGK, ATRC, Internews, and D4D and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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