Media’s representation of rape – part of the problem & solution

The way rape is reported in the media affects public opinion and policy responses. UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, IMS and the Australian Embassy invites everyone interested to a panel debate Monday November 25

IMS, UN Women, UNFPA, WHO and the Australian Embassy invite you to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and jump start this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign.

From the global north to the global south, rape against women is taking place every day. The way rape is reported in the media affects public opinion and policy responses. While the largest proportion of rape is perpetrated by an intimate partner and often takes place in the home, rape perpetrated by a stranger taking place in a dark alley is overrepresented in media.

Language, framing and representation matters: What can media do to improve responsible reporting on rape? And how can media challenge myths and patriarchal ideas that are consistently reinforced in the public eye? Panel discussion with media practitioners, scholars and women’s rights advocates.

One of the targets of SDG 5 is to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in both public and private spheres. Join us to learn, share and work towards a more informed representation of rape in media.


Liz Ford, The Guardian, deputy editor of the Global Development section online

Roua Al Taweel, gender research project manager at شبكة الصحفيات السوريات Syrian Female Journalists Network

Mette Gjerskov – Socialdemokratiet, Danish All-Party Parliamentary Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Kasper Krogh, managing editor at Berlingske

Gabriella Nilsson, researcher and senior lecturer at Lund University

Mette Marie Yde, head of programme and policy at Danner

Dr. Bente Mikkelsen, Director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course at World Health Organization (WHO)

Moderator: Tyson Nicholas, Australian defence expert on sexual violence in conflict

The event is part of UN Women’s global campaign ‘Orange the World’ which takes place every year during ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ between November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and December 10th, the Human Rights Day. This year’s theme is Generation Equality Stands Against Rape!

The panel takes place at the lobby of the UN City.

Reception hosted by the Australian Embassy 5:00-6:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to access unless you have registered through our Eventbrite (use this link) and bring photo ID. Allow ample time for security check upon arrival.

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Welcome: Caroline Rusten, director of UN Women Nordic Liaison Office, and Pernille Fenger, chief og UNFPA Nordic Office.

Introduction to the issue of rapes of women: the seriousness and magnitude of the problem, globally and locally.

Media’s representation of rape – media as part of the problem and the solution.


Reception hosted by the Australian Embassy.