The Arab Institute for Women


Comparative Study of Violence Against Female Reporters and Male Reporters During Lebanon’s 2019 Protest Movement

In October 2019, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese people took to the streets to protest the imposition of new taxes and the worsening economic, social and political crises gripping the country. Female and male reporters covering the protests, which continued throughout 2020, experienced physical and online violence, threats, and harassment. UN Women undertook this study to better understand the contrast in experiences of male and female reporters. The study highlights how female reporters covering the protests were disproportionately targeted with more — and more intense — physical and online violence than their male counterparts were.