Women Reporting War

INSI draws attention to safety issues specifically affecting women covering conflicts. This includes international and local correspondents and support staff who may face particular dangers not encountered by their male counterparts when working in areas of conflict.

We conducted the Women Reporting War global survey, the first of its kind, to determine whether women assigned to war coverage had specific safety requirements that were different from their male colleagues.

A high number of those who responded had experienced sexual or physical abuse and called for self defence to be made an intrinsic part of safety training.

Overall, however, a majority of the women - all experienced international war reporters in print and television - said they did not believe they should be treated any differently from their male colleagues when it came to issues of safety in the field of conflict.

INSI would like to thank the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency for supporting this project.