Argentina: Push to Incorporate Non-Sexist Language in Reports on Violence against Women
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 3:40 PM

The Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) reports that Members of the Argentine Network for Journalists for Non-Sexist Communication (PAR) have drafted ten "commandments" that seek to reduce sexism in news coverage.  The article published by Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) reports that these commandments focus specifically on sexist language that is used, both intentionally and unintentionally, during broadcasts or reports detailing cases of violence against women. The article reports that phrases such as “crimes of passion” will be replaced by terms like “femicide” and “gender-based violence.”  According to the article, the PAR believes that consultation with women lawyers, women’s NGOs, and women historians will help with the incorporation of non-sexist language. The commandments also emphasize the need to report on all forms of violence -- emotional, psychological, economic and physical.  The article concludes with an acknowledgment by the PAR that the elimination of sexist language most likely involves a long process. However, the group remains optimistic that their goals can be accomplished.

The PAR's official guidelines will be published on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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Compiled from: Lacunza, Sebastián, “Argentina: Non-Sexist Language for Reporters”, Inter Press News Agency, 21 October 2008.