On November 28, the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ), together with the United Nations agencies in Russia and the Centre for gender and media studies of Moscow State University, organised a round table focused on “Russian journalists in UN: Combating gender-based violence”. This event took place in the Moscow Journalist Club and gathered experts, journalists and human rights activists. It followed the International Federation of Journalists action to mark UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls on 25 November.
Nadezda Azhgikhina, vice-president of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and member of the IFJ Gender council, presented a brief overview of the RUJ activities in combating gender-based discrimination in media. RUJ president Vsevolod Bogdanov highlighted the necessity to overcome discrimination and to involve more and more women in the development of free media in Russia. Journalists and gender scholars, as well as human rights activists, discussed current actions to prevent gender-based violence. The event also showcased new movies on domestic violence produced by young Russian directors.