Sexual Harassment in the Media

Sexual harassment in the media industry is a pervasive and global problem. Preliminary results from an ongoing Women in News research study on the subjects indicate that more than 1 in 3 women media professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia have been physically harassed, and just under 50% have been verbally harassed. Sexual harassment in the workplace not only has consequences for the individuals involved but also serious implications for media organisations. Simply put, it’s bad for business. It can harm a media company’ corporate reputation. It is a drain on the productivity of staff and managers. Maintaining and building trust in your brand is an absolute imperative for media organisations globally. If and when a case gets out of control or is badly handled – this can directly impact a company’s bottom line. WIN works to eradicate sexual harassment from the media industry, in support of its vision of an industry that embraces equality. We do so by conducting training for media managers and by  providing practical tools to help newsrooms manage and reduce incidents of sexual harassment. Our bespoke coaching, online training and large-scale (currently virtual) workshops,are supported by best-in-class resources, including toolkits.

Countries included: Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Check out the full report here.

“The WIN team really did a fantastic job in sensitizing our staff on sexual harassment. You made them comfortable enough to raise their concerns and ask questions; that is highly appreciated and particularly important for management because in the process we got feedback on where we may be failing.” WIN Advisory Partner, Sub Saharan Africa.

In 2021 WIN will release results from a large-scale research project on sexual harassment in the media industry. The research, conducted  in partnership with City University and supported by Ahram Canadian University in the Arab Region,aims to bring forward experiences and quantitative data from media operating in 19 countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab Region, Southeast Asia, Russia and, Central America. 

This builds on research conducted by WIN in 2017 which identified a gap in available data on sexual harassment in media, specifically in these regions.

Check out WIN’s Tools for Managing Sexual Harassment