WOMEN IN MEDIA/JOURNALISTS IN BOSNIA

According to Paolo Rosa’s article on 22/08/19, there is a rise in online harassment against women in the media everywhere. In Bosnia, this type of harassment takes the form of online insults, threats and intimidation in the everyday work life of female Journalists. The deeply-rooted Bosnian culture of undermining women in society in general is exacerbated for female Journalists, as they are attacked not only as women, but for their views as Journalists. Such attacks result in many Journalists declining to go public about the harassment, due to the potential negative effects upon them, their job, their colleagues and their family.

“The increasing nature of abuse and censorship against “marginalised” voices has been acknowledged by the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe), the United Nations, UNESCO, and the European Parliament, as not only a matter of human rights, but also as a specific threat to the security of Journalists and as gender discrimination. A UN Report in 2018 highlights the fact that 23% of women have reported experiencing online abuse or harassment at least once in their lives, while Journalists and bloggers and members of other ethnic or sexual minorities are undoubtedly part of the most affected groups. It has been argued that female Journalists in the Balkans are subjected to widespread misogyny and disdain for Journalists, about which arises the need to denounce the abuse by these same Journalists in order to create solidarity. A 2018 Survey conducted by the International Federation of Journalists, based in Brussels, demonstrates that 66% of the women journalists, who were victims of online harassment, suffered attacks based on their gender, while almost 400 of the 600 surveyed by the International Women’s Media Foundation have suffered an online attack full of sexual threats. Unfortunately, these types of attacks have triggered the desired effect by brining almost 40% of the Journalists to abandon the theme they were working on. As a result of these alarming attacks, the Female Journalists Network BH was created in July 2019 as a safe house to which Journalists, female and male, can draw strength, knowledge and ideas together.

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  • Hostile Environment Awareness Training Course
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The Female Travel Safety course is designed to provide women with the knowledge and skills they require to overcome the insidious, modern-day threats that women can face including hotel and social media safety, together with gender-based threats, while the Personal Safety Foundation Level course is aimed at demonstrating how individuals can protect themselves in a range of different situations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

“Our travel safety and HEAT instructors come from a background in the Royal Marines Commando and the British Army and have been specifically picked for their skills in their fields of excellence from years of experience of Operating and Living in hostile environment.”

“Our Trainers must all have, as a minimum, an accredited award in education and training, first aid at work or higher, and conflict management. They are also all DBS checked, with full insurance cover for their specific disciplines.”

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Our courses are held at our training venue in Onley, near Rugby in the East Midlands, where we can comfortably seat up to 30 Delegates per course.

Additionally, we have a training location in the USA.

However, depending on the type of course selected, we are very flexible and our Instructors can travel to a client’s venue, if that is more convenient for you. The only exception is our H.E.A.T. (Hostile Environments Awareness Training) Course, which must be conducted at our training venue, due to the course content and requirements.

Yes, we absolutely can! Before we deliver the course, we always discuss your specific requirements with you, ensure they are embedded into the course, and receive prior written confirmation that you are completely happy with the content of the course.

Prices vary depending on the course you are attending and any specific requirements that you may have. What you need to know is that our prices are some of the best you can find, which is why we encourage you to contact us to receive a full and competitive Quotation.

Yes. Each Instructor is fully DBS checked and possesses a current First Aid Certificate, together with full insurance within the disciplines they teach.

Yes, absolutely. Our Conflict Management courses are perfect for lone workers, since they teach priceless conflict management skills, together with the physical skills necessary to quickly de-escalate a conflict, and the best way to reach a safe area.