This joint statement from the OSCE participating States is a significant step toward addressing the safety of women journalists. It emphasizes the critical role of inclusivity in progress and the need to combat gender-based violence, especially online violence targeting women in journalism.

The statement underscores that the safety of women journalists is not just an individual concern but a collective responsibility impacting media freedom and democracy. It stresses the importance of safeguarding journalists’ rights and safety, calling for intensified efforts, including financial and human resources, to combat online violence against women in journalism.

The call for enhanced cooperation, data collection, and reporting indicates a comprehensive approach toward fostering inclusivity, gender equality, and media freedom across the OSCE region. It’s heartening to see such a broad coalition of participating States committing to this cause, reflecting a united front in addressing these pressing issues.