Improving media reporting on violence against women, a top priority in Cambodia

Nov 30, 2017

© Photo: TheanyMao, UNDP Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 30th November 2017 – The Women’s Affairs Ministry -with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)- organized today an event to explain and disseminate the Media Code of Conduct for Reporting on Violence Against Women among over 70 journalists, media university students and key government officials. The activity was undertaken as part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to End Violence Against Women, a global initiative spanning from 25 November to 10 December which brings together governments, civil society organizations, activists and the United Nations to making a call on everyone to stop violence against women and girls.

Speaking at the event, H.E. Mrs. Long Sophally, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, said “Media and journalists play a key role in ending violence against women. Media need to understand that violence against women is a serious crime and that certain principles must be followed in their reporting to stop further stigmatization of victims. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs will continue cooperating with the Ministry of Information, media editors, journalists and universities to ensure that the Media Code of Conduct is fully applied.”

In his address, UNDP senior representative Mr. Richard Marshall said, “Jokes about violence against women made by the media perpetuate such violence and reinforce the false social perception that women victims are guilty and are to be blamed for the abuse they suffer. Male perpetrators of gender-based violence -not female victims- are the ones responsible for these crimes. Media need to adhere to the Code of Conduct to report with higher professionalism and virtue, in alignment with the international women’s human rights framework and national laws.” 

In June 2017, the Women’s Affairs and Information ministries launched the Media Code of Conduct to improve professional and ethical standards of media and journalists when reporting about violence against women cases. The further implementation and dissemination of the Media Code of Conduct is part of the ‘Leading the Way for Gender Equality’ (LWGE) program (2017-2020), an innovative and ground-breaking initiative of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and other development partners. The goal of the LWGE program is to promote feminist leaderships in Cambodia and to mobilize young people and media for gender equality.

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UNDP in Cambodia:


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Ms. Sok Lang, Communications Analyst at UNDP Cambodia

(+855) 17 663 006  

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