Nearly half of Australia’s female journalists have experienced intimidation, abuse or sexual harassment in the workplace, a survey conducted by the Women In Media initiative suggests.
According to data revealed by the organisation today in the Mates Over Merit report, 48% of the women covered by the survey said they’d had such experiences.
And 41% said they had been harassed, bullied or trolled on social media while engaging with their audiences.
The survey was conducted in the final three months of 2015 and covered 1,054 Australian journalists.
Other data released in the report included the finding that only 11% of those surveyed believed that employer anti-discrimination policies were very effective. And only 16% knew what their employer’s strategy to deal with social media threats actually was.
Spicer: Media failing to reflect diversity
Women In Media‘s national convener Tracey Spicer said in a statement: “Progress towards equality for women in media is disappointingly slow.
“While there are more women than ever before working in the industry, they still dominate the lower paid, less powerful positions.
“The media is often called a mirror of society. But it is failing to reflect our diversity.”
The research has been supported by journalists’ union the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.
Katelin McInerney, director of MEAA’s Media section, said: “Outdated attitudes and ineffective policies are holding women back from making their fullest and most creative contribution to the media landscape, at a time when innovation, diversity and new ways of thinking are desperately needed to help our industry transition and meet the challenges of a new digital era.
“While we have secured some improvements, media companies have been slow to adopt pay transparency, superannuation during parental leave, and dedicated family violence leave.”
The full findings from the report will be released gradually over the coming six weeks.