IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression calls on the States to address the challenges of freedom of expression and gender

  • Source: OAS
  • November 28, 2022

"In the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [Nov. 25], the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (SRFOE) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) warns about the persistence of structural obstacles and discriminatory practices that limit the exercise of women's right to freedom of expression and exclude them from public debate.


In a regional context characterized by an escalation of violence against the press, the Rapporteur’s Office notes with concern that women journalists continue to face challenges differentiated by their status as women. On several occasions, this Office has pointed out that attacks, threats and intimidation -both online and offline- take on a particular tone when it comes to women journalists and are generally misogynistic in nature and sexualized in content.


In this sense, as indicated in the report ‘Women Journalists and Newsrooms,’ the media play a decisive role in ensuring the protection of women journalists against gender-based risks. Therefore, The SRFOE emphasizes that it is essential that States work together with the private sector, civil society, academia, and other relevant actors to address the challenges of freedom of expression and gender."

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