"No Woman's Land": the first book dedicated solely to the safety of women journalists PDF Print

nowomanslandPublished: 9 March 2012

Region: Worldwide

International News Safety Institute (INSI) has published the first book dedicated solely to the safety of women journalists ‘No Woman's Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters’.

The book was inspired by Lara Logan, the CBS television correspondent who was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob in Cairo's Tahrir Square in February 2011, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

"No Woman's Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters", published by INSI, is comprised of 40 essays written by newswomen who describe some of the hardships they confront when reporting from the frontline.

According to the book, though both male and female journalists face grave dangers working in conflict zones, for women working conditions are often more complex.

Not only do newswomen in conflict zones face physical threats to their safety because of their gender, but they are at times underpaid, work without job security, improperly trained and outfitted with ill-fitting protective gear.

According to accounts in the book, which was edited by Hannah Storm and Helena Williams, caution and preparatory research are of paramount importance to moving safely about in dangerous environments and gathering material for stories.

Proceeds from "No Woman's Land", which launches on March 8, at Thomson Reuters in London where INSI is based, will go towards safety training for women journalists.

Courtesy of International News Safety Institute and Reuters