On 18-19 June, a two-day media training “Reporting on violence against women and women in public and political decision-making” took place in Moscow.
The participants analysed generally recognised principles of the reporting on topics concerning violence against women in diverse media, in particular they discussed the use of non-judgmental language, not blaming the victim/survivor, use of background information and statistics to present violence against women as a societal problem rather than as an individual, personal tragedy. Also the issues of on how to report on women in public and political decision-making were reviewed. The participants assessed best media practices, voluntary and self-regulatory codes on reporting on women in public and political life and decision-making.
The Council of Europe was represented by the Head of the Council of Europe Office in the Russian Federation Petr Sich and the Head of the Department for Human Dignity and Gender Equality of the General Directorate on Democracy Daniel Cangemi. Head of Media Unit of the Information Society of the Council of Europe Urška Umek also participated in the training.
Representatives of the partners of the project - Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - participated in the event, as well as Russian and international experts, journalists and editors-in-chief of regional media, and members of civil society.
The project is implemented by the Council of Europe with the financial support from the Europeand Union, in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It is aimed at developing the knowledge and skills of the two areas of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women, 2017-2022: preventing social disadvantage and violence against women as well as increasing women's participation in public and political life.