On March 8, 2021 we marked International Women’s Day in Turkey at the webinar  “Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)” with leading Turkish feminists and journalists.

The meeting brought together leading women activists and journalists to talk about gender-based violence, including online harassment and abuse against female journalists and its impact on press freedom.

The meeting was hosted by MEP Nacho Sánchez Amor, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey, and organized in collaboration with the International Press Institute, the EU Turkey Forum, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists.




Host/Opening remarks:

Nacho Sánchez Amor, European Parliament Rapporteur for Turkey


Cansu Çamlıbel, Editor-in-Chief, Duvar English; member of IPI’s Turkey National Committee


Elif Ege, Mor Cati, Violence Against Women and the Istanbul Convention

Melis Alphan, freelance journalist speaking on online harassment against female journalists and gender equality in media

Rümeysa Çamdereli, Halve Kadin Derneği, campaigner against sexual abuse of children and child marriage

Olga Martin Gonzalez, Gender Equality Coordinator, the European Commission DG NEAR

Javier Luque Martinez, Head of Digital Communications, IPI

Organised by:

*  International Press Institute (IPI)
*  EU Turkey Forum
*  Human Rights Watch
*  Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

For a full picture of IPI’s work combatting online harassment of women journalists please see our ontheline campaign.