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Understanding VAWC - A Guide to Media

DC86 Report

Iris Rodriguez

on 15 September 2012

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Transcript of Understanding VAWC - A Guide to Media

"Understanding Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) - A Guide for Media" OUTLINE: What is Violence?
What are Human Rights?
Understanding Violence Against Women and Children
The Role of Media
Guidelines and Coverage of Crimes Against Women and Children By definition, violence is the
abuse of force. That force which
is employed against common right,
against the laws, and against public
liberty. What is Violence? Understanding Violence against Women and Children If violence against women is said to thrive in a culture of violence, where the subjugation of women and domination by men are accepted as “natural” and inevitable, then the media must take responsibility for helping shape this culture, and for creating and reinforcing values and attitudes that uphold this culture.

There is a “reciprocal” relationship between media and society - a two-way process by which media content influences society and society influences the media. Role of Media II. IMAGES. Recognize the right to dignity of victims, specially in death.

1. Do not use photos of victims who are naked, scantily clad, or in otherwise degrading states.

2. Do not photograph or use photos of minors as victims or suspects.

3. Use graphics, line shots, other illustrations to visually supplement the reportage.

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings,
whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex,
national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or
any other status. We are all equally entitled to our
human rights without discrimination. These rights are
all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. What are Human Rights? According to United Nations... Human rights has been historically related to civic-political rights, to the
rights of an individual confronting the
powerful state.
In many countries, cultural constraints prevent women from exercising or even enjoying their civic and political rights. This type of practice has been treated normally by many communities already that's why women's rights are not commonly treated as human rights before.
However, as time passed women are becoming knowledgeable; they've seen the VIOLATIONS and basically they learned how to fight their own rights. Homicide
Intimate partner abuse
Psychological abuse
Dating violence
Same-sex violence
Elder abuse
Sexual assault
Date rape
Acquaintance rape
Marital rape
Stranger rape
Economic abuse Types of Violence against women includes... Each child has the right to his or her physical and personal integrity, and protection from all forms of violence.

They are also entitled to the protection laid down in international legal instruments relating to international criminal, humanitarian and labor law. Violence against Children Since the adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first authoritative statement on human rights, over 60 treaties addressing slavery, the administration of justice, the status of refugees and minority groups and human rights have been elaborated. Examples of these treaties that are relevant to the Violence against Children are the following:

Convention on Regional Arrangements on the Promotion of Child Welfare

Social Charter

Regional Convention on Combating the Crime of Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution

-These are examples of the regional treaties approved by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) I.CONSENT


III. REPORTAGE Guidelines and Coverage of Crimes Against Women and Children I. CONSENT. Recognize the victims’ right to decide whether to be identified or not.

1. Withhold the identity of the victim and suspect (until indictment).

2. Make sure the consent given is free and informed consent.
2.1. Do not assume consent until expressly
2.2. Determine if the victim is in the right
frame of mind to give consent.
2.3. Broadcast reporters/editors should take
care that filming/reporting/recording
of such crimes do not violate the above
principle. 4. Do not trivialize the reality of violent crimes with the use of humor, cartoons, etc.

5. Do not place reports of violence next to pm-ups and other items which heighten their titillating value.

6. Do not use photos or any visual depiction of confrontations between the victims, the victims’ families, and the accused in police stations and other law enforcement agencies. III. REPORTAGE. Crimes of violence against women and children should be reported factually and seriously.

1. Reporters should not use words and phrases which tend to pass judgment on the victim and/or suspect. Ex: prostitute, pretty, sexy, former dancer, sex maniac, drug addict, etc.

2. Eliminate details/descriptions which tend to titillate readers/viewers and sensationalize the story or ridicule the victims.

3. The general rule: Do not use obscene, profane, or vulgar terms in a story unless they are part of direct quotations and there is a strong, compelling reason to use them. Principles to KBP

Principle 1
Children have an absolute right to privacy. The highest ethical and professional standards in reporting and covering cases of children must be observed such that in all publicity concerning children, the best interests of the child shall be the primary concern.

6. In reporting or covering cases on abuse and exploitation involving children, media practitioners are encouraged to discuss the issues surrounding the case rather than the personal circumstances of the victim. Principle 2
The child’s dignity must be respected at all times.

Principle 3
Children have the right to be heard. Access to media by children should be encouraged. The mass media is a partner in the
promotion of child rights and the prevention
of child delinquency, and is encouraged to
relay consistent messages through a
balanced approach.

Journalistic activity which touches on the
lives and welfare of children must be carried
out with sensitivity and
appreciation of the vulnerable situation of
children, so that
children are not re-victimized or re-traumatized.
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