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Journalists for Human Rights Gender Impact Report

Strategies and Case Studies of Success in the DRC, South Sudan and Syria

Today, on International Women’s Day, JHR is celebrating its 12-year track-record of success in gender strategy by launching our Gender Impact Report. The stories of impact in it, such as those cited above, signal the wisdom of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy in practice.

As media leaders, women work together to tackle difficult issues. They often depoliticize coverage in favour of putting so-called women’s concerns — stories about health, education, child welfare and the environment — high up the agenda. Putting a spotlight on women’s issues helps prioritize solutions. The result is often both good for communities, and good for the outlet’s business.

All this, simply by putting women in the driver’s seat of development.

The report features JHR’s strategies on gender and development and case studies of success from DRCongo, South Sudan and Syrian.

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Buried Voices: Changing Tones

A followBuried Voices: Changing Tones Cover up to JHR’s 2013 study, Buried Voices, Buried Voices: Changing Tones examines the frequency and tone of media coverage on Indigenous issues in Ontario Media from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2016.

The study investigated 319 print and online news outlets in Ontario for all mentions of keywords that would indicate Indigenous story coverage, including: Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nation(s), Northern Ontario Reserves, Metis and Inuit.

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Understanding the Right to Freedom of Expression

Understanding the Right to Freedom of Expression The primer is the result of a unique partnership between JHR and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (IHRP). “We are excited to provide accessible information to journalists about their rights under international law”, said Renu Mandhane, then executive director of the International Human Rights Program, now Ontario’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner. “There is nothing else like this available in the world today.”


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Buried Voices

Buried Voices As part of the Indigenous Reporters Program, Journalists for Human Rights conducted a quantitative analysis of media coverage in Ontario of Indigenous people, culture and issues between June 1st, 2010 and May 31st, 2013. This study examines the trends, news spikes, and tone of media coverage focused on Aboriginal people during the examination time period. Continue reading Buried Voices

Background on JHR

JHR’s mission: to empower journalists to cover human rights stories objectively and effectively. To see how we are currently doing this or, to find out more information check out our brochure on existing programs below.

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